This week was a rough one for me…
Without getting too grotesquely detailed, I’ll just say that this week was likely rough because of communication issues, lack of rest (and recoup from a busy weekend last weekend!), and errrr… my body undergoing a completely normal yet frustratingly annoying cycle that most females can relate to. My point: a lot was happening externally and internally!
This makes for a bad combo. Anyone can understand that.
When I was able to pinpoint those reasons as to why my anxiety and anger levels were rising, it actually made my life a lot easier – and I got through the week as best I could!
The communication issue in particular was consuming my mind, and it triggered anger in regards to (what I percieved as) violations of my personal moral compass. The incident’s consumption of my mind told me that I was anxious about it.
So, at this point, I’d identified what was ticking me off and why.
Now – what was I going to do about it?
When I observed and respected what my triggers were (and gave myself a little forgiveness because an alien was tearing at my uterus this week – and that always sucks!), I was able to tell myself “you know, you don’t have to stay in a pissy mood.”
As much as I wasn’t “in the mood” to do it, I did have a mini-shoot just to get outside and get my mind focused on something else. I blogged and edited video too.
I practiced mindfulness and gave myself permission to pull myself out of a headspace that I didn’t want to be in. I forgave myself, and moved forward. I kept it moving.
It’s the hardest thing to want to be active at all when you’re anxious or depressed. I completely understand that. However, I did learn this week that even the simple act of getting outside or focusing your thoughts somewhere else (like on an activity) can put you on a better mental trajectory. Your physical actions can put your anxious mind at ease.
Take it from me! I know it’s hard, but it’s worth a try the next time you’re not in a headspace that you want to be in.