Meaningful Monday-How I Eased The Frustration and Anxiety In My Life.


This past week I’ve been so frustrated with anxiety bubbling up inside me like a volcano ready to erupt. The cause of all this frustration and anxiety? Honestly, I don’t know. It could be the fact that Christmas is what? 15 days away. Maybe it’s the fact that this month is the anniversary of my grandmother’s death. It could also be that we’re nearing the end of the year with a new and uncertain one is about to begin.

It could be any one of these things or it could be all of them. So this past weekend I had to take stock of my emotions, my life and what was happening in around me both internally and externally. It’s the underlying things that tend to rise up to the surface leaving us in a tailspin of emotional instability. How I Eased The Frustration and Anxiety In My Life.

Here’s is what I had to do to get out of that state of mental fog and how I eased the frustration and anxiety in my life.

1.  I took time off and reevaluated the situation-Taking time off my daily routine not only cleared my thoughts, it made it easier to reprogramme them and put on the back burner the irrelevant. It also helped to identify what was rising to the surface.

2.  I found an outlet-And no, I didn’t punch anyone or thing. I did some research the town we’re living in and connected with a few historians on social media.

3.  I Confronted the Skeletons in my closet-I know this expression usually signifies something bad or some dark secret you want to hide from the world but some skeletons aren’t what they seem. My skeletons weren’t so scandalous, they were the painful memories of sickness and death, my grandmother. The fear of the unknown, the impending New Year and trying to hold on to the past, reflecting and trying to hold onto all the good times of this past year.

I’m thankful Monday a day to start a new. Hopeful that the week ahead will bring nothing but peace of mind, new adventures and the spirit of Christmas that seem to have escaped me these past few days.

~Happy Monday

©Etta D. Richards


13 thoughts on “Meaningful Monday-How I Eased The Frustration and Anxiety In My Life.

      1. Hanging in…trying to keep young son sober. It’s been almost a month and a half…but it has happened so many times before. I can only hope. You know what they say…hope is the last thing to die.
        Hang an ornament on your tree for me. 🙂

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  1. Due to the nightmare at my workplace I might not reply or respond to comments for the next few weeks. Christmas brings a lot of anxiety so other than photos I will not respond at least until I can make it to 2018. Also my headaches have increased in terms of pain so I need to cut back on watching screens. If you don’t hear from me during the next few weeks that’s why.


  2. This season always means more frustration and in my case literal headaches for me. Memories of loved ones who died before Christmas. Extra stress on the job. In fact I just had file charges with the Union for a workplace situation that is getting worse day by day. Plus for us Christmas is a blackout period. Extremely demanding. Nasty attitudes on the job increase. Honestly I’m always glad when Christmas is over. Getting days off is impossible. I just spent 3 days in bed with headaches and joint pain. There will be no holiday celebrations for me. The situation has gotten so bad that it’s forced me to make a decision to leave next year. The next two weeks will be pure hell.

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    1. Sad to hear all that’s going on at your work. I’ve worked in hostile environments and did exactly what you’re going to do, left after two years. Single Mom with two daughters everyone called me crazy. But I was no good to my daughters dead. I deeply sympathize with all that you’re going through.
      I’ve never said it before but I have deep rooted respect for anyone who has served their country. I know that has nothing to do with your work, but it’s really not fair that life has to be so difficult for you and really wished they were better.
      Look after yourself, take care and hope 2018 is a better year for you. Stay Blessed!! xxx


      1. Let’s hope this ten year nightmare will soon be over. Being a Veteran doesn’t matter. Still treated like dirt. The situation has gotten so bad that two others are also filing complaints. I’m looking forward to retirement. Maybe my health will improve.

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      2. No. In this country Capitalism is King. The entire system is designed to crush and destroy people. Especially the underclass. Anyway trump has changed the laws to benefit companies not workers. Eventually with everything going on more will disappear or die.

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