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.
©Etta D. Richards