So you tend to experience Anxiety...what does it feel like for you? Racing heart? Check! Shortness of breath? Check! Shaking of hands, feet, arms, legs? Check! Yep, sounds like Anxiety alright....
Know what else it sounds like? Excitement. Anticipation. Of course we could also consider Trepidation...but that is not so helpful, right?
The point is this, sometimes we get to choose what to "label" our physical symptoms, so what if we called it Excitement instead of Anxiety?
Our words are very powerful and we tend to believe whatever we are thinking. So it is up to us to change the words to ones that empower us rather than ones that leave us feeling weak in the knees! Negative thinking is simply a habit, so let's work on creating more positive habits when it comes to our anxiety!
Here are three steps to reframing our thoughts to embrace more positive thinking:
1) Start by observing how often your thoughts go to the negative. Do you frequently say things like "I'm anxious to hear how your day went" or "I worry about how this project will turn out"?
2) Pick one or two of our "favorite" words or phrases and choose now ways to say them. Instead of "I'm anxious..." replace that with "I'm eager..." and instead of "I worry about..." change that to "I wonder how...?".
3) Be compassionate with yourself and be playful as you begin this new way of thinking and expressing yourself. As the saying goes "old habits ARE hard to break" AND I like to add to that "it is possible!" Just begin with small steps, catch yourself saying "anxious" and change it right then and there to "eager" or "excitement" or "anticipate" or whatever word moves your world forward!
The voice behind Auntie Anxiety is Lynn Dutrow, Courage Coach and Counselor