Reframing Crippling Anxiety: A "How-To" - La Belle Gabonaise
Reframing Crippling Anxiety: A "How-To"
March 6, 2020
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There are days when we don’t know what to do; we don’t want to move, and sometimes, we don’t even want to breathe. 

The first step is the smallest step: breathe. Take a deep breath in; hold for five seconds, and let it out. Wait for another five seconds. Repeat.

For the frazzled, a repetition of five rounds could work. For some, five minutes. Whether you like to do 5 or 7 or 10 minutes, the choice is yours. It will ground you to refer back to this very moment in time.

Slow down — enough so that your mind stays in your body and not out of it. Relish each deep and lingering breath. Find the quiet and serene place inside of you. Keep coming back to it with each passing inhale and exhale.

They always say that “a journey of a thousand miles starts with one step,” and learning how to breathe well and richly is a humble one. The mentality of accomplishing a thousand miles requires that you stay in the present moment each step of the way. Keep your mind contained in serene clarity and calm.

The more patience and calm you have, the more beautiful the view. 

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Find the blank space inside of you that is quiet and peaceful. Expand it with each growing inhale and release.

When it comes to replenishing your cognitive resources, it is important to learn how to do small things peacefully. Don't worry about figuring out the whole picture ahead of time. You learn bit by bit. The world was enjoyed and discovered in smaller pockets of wealth, health, and time — through moments of rest.

When we imagine our utopia of world peace, it is a tranquil world where stress does not weigh us down. We can start accumulating the riches of world peace by fostering these qualities in ourselves. This practice of peace within ourselves prepares us to use our cognitive resources in times of need. We will also find that our own practice of serenity enables us to share more calmness with the rest of the world.

We need to be humble and kind with ourselves, by attending to our individual need for rest and pause. It helps to take measured steps and exercise self-awareness.

Over time, we will understand the tempo by which we operate, and how we can better negotiate for our needs and for those of others. Changing the rhythm and course of our fluid thinking grants us vitality for smooth navigation in our lives.

Right now is a time for centering ourselves — to chill the anxiety a bit, and replenish our most vital resource: ourselves.