“Stay in the moment. Staying present is a healing practice. Anxiety is created by obsessing over the future. Replaying broken scenarios from the previous causes sadness and anger. Stay here, in this moment.” ~Sylvester McNutt
As with many others, anxiety disorders can affect my feelings and thoughts. I call it my “anxiety octopus,” as it feels like there are tentacles in my brain triggering fear-based reactions for no reason. Even in things I’m confident about, I feel insecure.
It takes time to realize that the “anxiety octopus” has woken and is stretching, almost testing my powers of resilience that day.
It took me a while to realize that the octopus was awake.
It was nothing, nothing unusual about today. It was a cold, sunny morning, one that normally I love, but today it was difficult to get going. My cat alarm clocks continued to meow, even after I gave them a morning pat.
They wanted me to come. The “anxiety octopus” didn’t.
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