Beginner guide to journaling #3
Have you ever heard the saying "Learn from the past, Live in the present, Plan for the future" - Audrey Farell
I have heard this many times, as someone who tends to be a very anxious person I do find it difficult to simply just "be". I admire the people that can sit in silence, simply breathe and look so content while doing so.
I thought there was always something wrong with me, I need music or noise to concentrate and get tasks done, I need a to-do list but I get so distracted attempting to create that to-do list myself, I fidget all the time, and unless I am totally engaged or inspired by the task or topic at hand I can easily zone out.
Forever thinking about the what-ifs, trying to play out all scenarios in my head and plan for each of them, can feel exhausting!
Upon further research, I am not the only one that does this, thank goodness. Can you relate?
Being in the transition of selling our apartment and attempting to get into the rental market has been a nightmare. It's a dog-eat-dog out there in the Sydney Rental market!
Still servicing clients, packing up all belongs, feeling scattered in my schedule, literally living in an empty apartment like a squatter, with a racing mind of all the what ifs and unknowns trying to figure out the future plan depending on all the variables at large, has left myself and my mind feeling lost and frazzled.
SO HOW CAN AN OVERACTIVE MIND START TO LEARN TO CALM THE F*&K DOWN?
Take a moment and adopt the scenario of "Engaging the 5" A moment to be present with your surroundings at that point in time.
Your 5 senses!
What can you see?
What can you hear?
What can you smell?
What can you feel?
What can you taste?
Sometimes I'll have my new gremlins journal with me, but if I don't I take a walk outside and simply close my eyes, to keep my fidget self happy I'll rub each finger for each sense to focus on. Instead of writing them down can simply say them out loud in my head.
If you have a wondering overthinking mind, try this a few times this week and let me know how you go.
I'll leave you with a quote that resonated so much this week.
"If you are depressed you are living in the Past.
If you are anxious you are living in the future.
If you are at peace you are living in the present"
Any fellow overthinkers out there that would like to share how they help stay in the moment reach out and let me know any techniques that you find useful.
Until next week, Hang in there
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Stay curious and remember
“We don’t stop playing because we grow old, we grow old because we stop playing” - George Bernard Shaw