Life Recipe: Anxiety

LIFE RECIPE: ANXIETY*

REST.

Yep…I’m talkin old school, non-electronic, completely analog, back-to-basics-style REST.

  • Read a book (or listen to one)
  • Make & drink tea on the stovetop (in a pot or kettle)
  • Take some herb
  • Go to the park
  • SLEEP.
  • Stare off into space

Story:

I come from a family of sensitive, high-energy women. This energy is best directed and circulated so that it doesn’t lead to excessive worry, anxiety and burnout. When I was a little girl, my grandmother had a set schedule with clear boundaries. She did not accept phone calls before 10 am. She had a ritual with her coffee. She chose work that complemented her skill set and desired lifestyle (childcare provider). And she usually did one thing at a time.

However, there were a few times I recall her saying to me,

“Sitdown chile, an’ rest your nerves.”

There was no WebMd then discussing the value of meditation, stillness or “unplugging.” Grandma was just wise with the wisdom presence gifts you. I never really understood why she commanded such, but NOW I do. She relished in quiet times. We were made to turn off all electronics and be quiet during storms. She said that, “God was doing His work.” **Deep smile**

What if we treated our awareness of anxiety and overwhelm as my grandmother treated storms? What if we simply decided to turn everything off, and be quiet until the storm passes, and allow the God of our understanding do Its work?

I’m blessed to have been taught – by example – such a simple yet impactful practice. I now pass it to you. It ain’t fancy or eloquent. It just works.

Be well and take GOOD care.

You won’t know how tired you are until you sit your ass down.

~ my grandma

*IN THIS POST, “ANXIETY” IS CHARACTERIZED BY THE PERVASIVE SENSE OF OVERWHELM, RESTLESSNESS & “GOTTA-GO-GOTTA-DO” ENERGY THAT SEEMS TO BE THE DRIVING FORCE OF U.S. SOCIETY.

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