My Thoughts On Anxiety

Anxiety is a big problem for a lot of people, including myself. Sometimes it can seem like anxiety is an unavoidable part of daily life, and I am starting to think that this is true.

I know this sounds negative, but let me explain.

Imagine that you are a fluffy puppy living with your owner. (A little weird I know… but stay with my train of thought!) You may be an animal but you will still feel stress and anxiety; for instance, you may feel stressed if you need to go for a wee but your owner won’t let you out. You will feel stress if your owner goes to the local shop, or if your food bowl is empty.

This stress is similar to the stress that humans feel, but there is one key difference; when an animal feels stress it is easy to solve the problem quickly. If they are hungry they will find food, if they are thirsty they will find water – and if they need to go to the toilet, then they will!

For the puppy that is the end of the stressful situation. This is because animals live in a world where it is easy to quickly deal with stress, as it is linked to survival. This was the same for humans for most of our evolution – you felt hungry, you felt stressed, you found some food and the stress disappeared.

This means that stress once helped us to survive.

However modern life isn’t that simple. Most of the things that cause you stress are long term issues, such as worrying about your career, relationships and family problems. It can take years to form a good career, and therefore it is very difficult to stop worrying about it.

Most of the choices that we make won’t immediately relieve our stress; if you want a good career you will have to study hard, apply for jobs and wait to hear if you have an interview. If you want to be financially secure in the future, you can’t spend a day saving and then be done – you must spend your whole life saving and spending responsibly.

This makes it a lot harder for humans to de-stress, but there is still something that you can do to relieve stress; you can measure your progress in tiny chunks.

If you are worried about starting a good career, make the effort to apply improve your resume today. If you are worried about your finances, ring a financial adviser today. These small steps will help your brain to de-stress as it will help to remove the uncertainty from the situation.

If you are feeling stressed right now, think about what you can do today to relieve that stress. It may only be something small, but it will help you to sleep easier tonight. : )

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One Lovely Blog Award

Hey everyone! How is your week going? Today I am doing something a little different – I was nominated for the One Lovely Blog award by Steph over at ScaleSimple. She has an awesome blog – I just spent a good 20 minutes reading some of her older posts! I really appreciate the nomination and the chance to get to know the blogging community a little more. There are so many blogs that I love to read, so this is an awesome opportunity for me to find out more about some of my favorite bloggers.

Okay, so here are the rules;

Thank the nominator and link them.
List the rules and display the award.
Add 7 facts about yourself.
Nominate 7 other bloggers and let them know via a comment.

So here are 7 facts about myself!

1. I am currently attempting to make soup. I’ve only recently started to enjoy cooking so I’m trying to teach myself a few good recipes. I love soup and the weather is getting much colder, so today I’m trying to make potato and leek soup. Tomorrow I’m going to try making bacon and vegetable soup. If I stop posting, I may have occidentally poisoned myself.We will see.

2. I am sat writing this with my dog, Holly, on my lap. She is nearly 15 years old and completely crazy.

3. I am completely blind in one eye. I have been for my whole life, so it doesn’t really affect my life in any way. I am pretty bad at throwing and catching though, which I’ve always blamed on being blind in one eye – although I could just be clumsy…

4. I am a writer and a transcriptionist. I know most of you already know this, but I thought I’d tell you a little more about my work. I started writing and transcribing on a full time basis about a year and a half ago, and I love working from home. Motivating myself can be hard, but I know I am lucky to have a job I enjoy.

5. My favorite TV shows on air right now are Z Nation, Last Man On Earth, South Park and The Mindy Project. Holla at me if you watch any of these shows – I always love to discuss the latest episode!

6. I like most food but I can’t eat marshmallows. The texture makes me want to vomit and I have no idea why.

7. After I finish this list, I’m going to go swimming. I’ve only just started to exercise – this will be my third swim of the month. I see children in the pool who can swim faster and further than me so I am using them as my motivation. Is that weird? Probably.

Here are my nominations;

The Okatu Judge

Renxkyoko

The Power Of Quantum Thinking

Mathemagical Site

Transitions In My Life

From Food Stamps To A Future

A Frank Angle

Lucid Mage Tower

I’ve just noticed I have nominated 8 people instead of 7, but I’m not going to change it because I would love to hear from all of the bloggers! Don’t worry if you don’t have the time to do the award yourself – I mainly nominated you because I love checking out your posts. 🙂