“I’ve had a lot of worries in my life, most of which never happened.” - Mark Twain
I saw an image similar to this one on another (rather large) account but wanted to make it my own. The original caught my attention because I liked the visual representation of anxiety's effect on our perception but I disagreed with the fact that it compared an 'anxious' person to a 'normal' person (I switched it to creative - what's normal anyways??) and the fact that it simply followed this inspirational Mark Twain quote with a caption reminding us to relax around what isn't in our control and think positive. I'm sick of that shit.
Anxiety is something that has affected many of us, myself included, and is extremely draining to the mind and body (or as I like to say - 'mindbody' because it's all the same). Using all or most of your energy to sort through your thoughts on what could or should happen is taxing enough. Add on the anxiety that comes with trying to control anxiety - i.e. judging yourself for feeling that way, letting guilt creep in about the things you're not doing or the situations you're not enjoying, and allowing the fear that you'll never be free from it take over - and it’s enough to completely stop you in your tracks.
All of that processing leaves little room for creativity and expression. It's all inward stagnation and no outward movement.
I truly believe anxiety isn't a life sentence or a chronic mental health condition if we can find the courage to turn towards it and really examine the root of it. Journaling has helped me externalize those thoughts, therapy has guided me towards their source, meditation has done the same; nutrition and movement have allowed me to fuel my body with the right nutrients and information to do that hard work. It's not a pill or an overnight fix, but doing the slow and steady work will afford you the freedom to expand your field of vision outward to life's greatest gifts - creative expression, adventure, and vitality.
Life by Design was born out of a need for my own self-healing after decades of unresolved illness. It wasn’t until finding the courage to look within that I discovered it was my own belief system holding me back from experiencing a truly thriving life. We all have access to that thriving life. We just need to rediscover our power and ignite the healing-self. Only then can we unapologetically live a life by our own design.