Two of my biggest mental hurdles have always been procrastination and anxiety. When I'm not fully involved, committed to and passionate about something, I tend to procrastinate. It continues to be a work in progress.
Anxiety, on the other hand, is a whole different beast for me. I've struggled with anxiety for as long as I can remember. I've always expected the worst from things and stress has been a constant. So, to say I'm constantly on the look out for ways to cope with stress and anxiety is an understatement..
And given the current state of the world, it's become even more important to figure out how to handle these emotions.
I've been a long time reader of Zen Habits, written by Leo Babauta, so I wanted to share one of his recent posts on dealing with chaotic times.
According to Leo, there are 5 steps to dealing with an imperfect situation:
- Notice that you're getting anxious or frustrated
- Notice that your ideal or orderliness is causing the difficulty
- Let go of that ideal
- Breathe and re-center yourself, so you become calm and return to the present moment
- See the beauty and perfection in the moment
Leo goes more in depth into the practice and explains the theory behind it all so I suggest you click the link below to read the entire article.
In the meantime, I know I'll be doing my best to put this process into practice.