Today, I want to share with you a tip on how to avoid some of the anxiety that’s surrounding us. A lot of anxiety comes from not knowing what happens next. When I noticed my little one was exhibiting signs of anxiety, I created these tiny little books because he was still learning to read. Each page was a picture of what was going to happen at that time. There was a picture of breakfast and a car driving to daycare. I created a different book for each day of the week so my little one could understand what would happen next.
What’s going to happen next? What’s going to happen to me? What’s going to happen to my job? What’s going to happen to my family? What’s going to happen to my travel plans? There’s a whole bunch of things lately that are out of our control. In this day of anxiety, one of the ways to control it is by looking at not what you can’t control but what you can. I’ve seen these really awesome schedules going around that reminds you to move around, do something creative, make time to rest, do something that challenges you mentally. This was fantastic for me because all of a sudden, I’ve become a homeschool teacher and I want to make sure my kids are on some sort of a schedule that helps them.
The beauty of a schedule is that it gives you the power to control and see the control you have over your life. You can’t control what happens in the world, but you can control how you spend your time. If you’re suffering from a lot of anxiety right now, one of the things you should avoid is oversubscribing to the news. Do not oversubscribe to social media. Try to take a step back, take a break, because all that does is increase the anxiety.
So get out your schedule. Get out your high performance planner if you’ve got one. Make a point of working in it at times like this where everything seems out of control. There’s always something we can do to control our day and to schedule in things that we can do that will keep us busy, that are productive. Control your time, control how you spend your time. If you wing it all throughout your day, you’re going to find it a lot more stressful than if you get some sort of a plan or some sort of a system going that allows you to say, “okay, I will do this”.
Allow yourself the ability to feel like you’ve accomplished things throughout your day. When you can physically check things off your schedule or your list of things to do, you can feel empowered in a time of uncertainty. This is a high performance tip I use for my high performance clients. If anyone wants more guidance on the stress that you’re going through right now, check out my book Think Again which helps you when you are boiling out of control, when you are feeling lost and anxious. In my book, I have something called the Story Changer Chart. It’s in chapter four and then in chapter five we talk about the Assumption Changing Chart because the assumptions we make are often incorrect.
Try scheduling your time today and give yourself time to see how it eases your anxiety. Help people out. Get through this time and make sure that we can all support each other so that at the end of this, we actually come out stronger than when we started. Take care.