I’m writing this on Memorial Day. Whether or not you’re celebrating with a party, parade, visiting a cemetery for a lost one, all or none of the above, I wish you well. Everyone has different ways of honoring the day.
For me, Memorial Day is an opportunity to reflect. I love listening to Sounds True’s podcasts and this week “The Wisdom of Anxiety,” was another insightful lesson helping me to see another side to anxiety. In this quote from the episode, therapist Sheryl Paul shares the unique way she perceives it and how it can change the way you view the emotion most of us avoid.
“I see anxiety as a messenger from the unconscious. It’s the way that our psyche communicates with us, one of the many, many ways. And when we listen, we have this opportunity to walk through a doorway that would not been available to us, had we shut down the symptoms of anxiety. And that doorway is into ourselves. It’s a portal into self, into the labyrinth of our inner world, that we are more and more in the culture pushing away our connection to the inner world—with our focus on externals, and screens, and everything else out there, that the inner world, the soul, becomes lost…Anxiety is the distress flare. And when we listen, it becomes a doorway, it becomes a portal that we can then walk through to know ourselves, to heal ourselves, to grow ourselves. If we shut it down, in all of the ways that we do, we miss that opportunity.”
If anxiety can teach us how to heal, then what can other supposedly negative experiences show us?
This week is a good time to read our posts if self-reflection and working on yourself are your jam. There are a lot of resources to pull from. Everything from mantras to affirmations and routines, our top posts share ways and tools to help you become a more conscious, empowered, and happy you.
Happy Memorial Day!
5 Reasons You Compare Yourself to Others. And How to Stop It
(Childhood Emotional Neglect) – Before you check her Instagram account, his Facebook page or judge your appearance with that person you bumped into at the coffee shop, read this.
Healing from an Emotionally Abusive Mother
(The Recovery Expert) – Here are the mantras you must use and the tools you need if you’re recovering from an emotionally abusive mother.
34 Affirmations for When Perfectionism Makes You Feel Inadequate
(Happily Imperfect) – If you can’t get out of the loop of perfectionism, you’ll want to keep this nearby. This post lists the many things you can tell yourself when you can’t stop perfectionistic ways of thinking.
How to Feel More Alive and Happy
(Awakening Your True Self) – No matter what you’re feeling, you have the power to shift your mood right now. This post will help you to do that.
Neurodiversity and Mental Health: Using Routine as a Map to Regulation and Self-care
(A Neurodivergent Perspective) – Have you ever used routines to give you a sense of grounding? Read how this neurodivergent writer uses routines to navigate her day and her life.