Monday, September 09, 2013
Hi sparkfriends, spent a lot of yesterday thinking way too much. Worrying is more like it. Been called a worry wart or anxious all my life. Yes, anxiety is the common cold of the 21st century. Why are we humans more anxious than ever before? We are not facing lions and tigers and bears any more. Which was probably easier because you could see what you were up against. Now it is just a fear of what I cannot see. Thus, anxiety. I "what if" myself crazy. And that is what I did yesterday. What if I can't make the mortgage, What if I get hurt and can't work. What if there is no one to help me? What if, what if...excetera. Yes I truly do think too much. And those thoughts make me crazy. Congito ergo insanis sum. Cognitive behavioral therapy state that the "trigger" leads to "thoughts" leads to "emotion". That emotion can either be ok or anxiety. What makes it so are the thoughts that I attach to a particular event or "trigger". So if I change my thinking about an event I can change my emotional response about an event. So that is what I am trying to do. Of course, my old stand- by was to eat about a particular event. Mainly the calming effect of sugar. So changing my response to trigger events through better coping mechanisms like blogging. journaling, exercise, healthy eating, excetera that spark people.com offers us is the reason so many people have been successful. Yeah! Sparkpeople! Cheers, Keith.