Ten beautiful thoughts against anxiety and fear (Part 2)
Being happy, thinking positive, having more control over the flow of our thoughts means investing in the quality of our lives because those who control the noise of negativity are able to directly influence their emotions and those who think and feel better influence their behaviour, their body and even their health. After all, happiness starts with what happens inside us, not outside.
Although we are all clear on these principles, that critical, negativity-loving voice continues to be heavily present in our daily lives and reminds us of yesterday's failures. It is a presence that drags us towards the threshold of anxiety, anticipating what can or cannot happen if we do not do this or that. Nevertheless, it is essential to be able to see the light at the end of the tunnel and look positively to the future, especially in this period of great uncertainty and concern.
In this article you will find the remaining 5 positive thoughts against anxiety and fear.
6. When you touch it, fear melts like snow in the sun.
Dawn arrives and suddenly all the ghosts, as in the best of Gothic fairy tales, lose consistency. Our fears fade away in the sunlight. How is this possible? It happens because when we can look fear in the face, we can give it a context and maybe for the first time we really see what it is made of.
What feeds your fear? Sometimes they are self-convictions that we have learned in our family or that we have built up over the years. It doesn't matter what we are afraid of: we may be afraid of the consequence of our choice, the fear for our health, the hypothesis of losing our job or the love we are experiencing. What matters is to start wondering what the message that fear is bringing us and... reading it. That's the difference between generalized anxiety and fear. Fear has a face and looking at your enemy is the first step to confronting it. You may find that his is a face you've known for a long time.
"Fear creates the enemy, the enemy creates defense, and defense creates attack. You get violent, you're constantly on guard, you're against everyone. This must be understood: if you're afraid, you're against everyone" - Osho Rajneesh.
7. Every breath is oxygen that opens you to trust.
The average respiratory rate is between 16 and 20 respiratory acts in one minute. Think about how many breaths you take in a day. Most of the time we don't pay attention, whether we're asleep or awake. Breathing is obvious, natural. Yet there are times when we consciously put all our attention into this primal action, for example when we feel a strong pain, during childbirth or when we panic.
Researchers at Stanford University in the United States have found that behind the strong relationship between fear and breathing a group of neurons located in the brainstem at the base of the brain could act. Neuroscientists have called them pranayama neurons, the same name that in India yoga disciplines identify vital breath control, breathing techniques. The function of pranayama neurons is that of a control unit capable of revealing variations in respiratory rhythm, in direct communication with the locus coeruleus which in the brain plays a crucial role in responses to stress and panic.
What does this mean? If our body is able to detect when our breathing accelerates because fear is entering our bloodstream, we too can influence this process. We can change the chemistry of our responses by acting through our breathing.
"Your breath must flow gracefully, like a river, and not like a chain of rugged mountains or the gallop of a horse" - Thich Nhat Hanh.
8. Inner strength comes from imagination.
When we think of an image in our head, a photograph appears. The heart, the nerves, the skin send signals: it is the current of a continuous exchange, but of what kind? Positive or negative, you too can choose the message to send to your brain. It seems that visualizing a natural scenery or a landscape that we love in the space of a few moments helps to start a reaction that can involve body and mind. This means that when you envision something that makes your heart beat you have great power: you are building resilience.
Close your eyes. Imagine spaces without boundaries. The vastness of the sea, the sunset flooding the mountain peaks with light, the world seen from above through the air, as a bird experiences it. Right now, your brain is processing images and according to neuroscientists while performing a visualization operation inside us a change is already happening.
The logic of "as if" works like a magic medicine that spreads between the neuronal connections: the rhythm of the heart slows down, the body starts to produce endorphins, the breath becomes wider and deeper. You are relaxing, you are finding a source of new energy.
"We all have an unsuspected reserve of strength within us that emerges when life tests us" - Isabel Allende.
9. Living is knowing how to take risks.
People who don't take risks never really start living. Do you know where the word "risk" comes from? In Latin “riscus” is the rock: sharp, it marks the most treacherous danger for ships when the land is near, but the possibility of a shipwreck is just around the corner. And yet, life is just that. Walking in the balance knowing that yes, it's true: falling is a real possibility. If it happens, we'll medicate our peeled knees and our wounds will heal, this time too.
Day after day, we are learning to run faster. Today we know more than we did yesterday. Tomorrow you'll be surprised at all the things you don't know today.
“I believe in pink.
I believe that laughing is the best calorie burner.
I believe in kissing, kissing a lot.
I believe in being strong when everything seems to be going wrong.
I believe that happy girls are the prettiest girls.
I believe that tomorrow is another day and I believe in miracles” - Audrey Hepburn.
10. Even the longest journey is made up of individual steps.
The monk Lao Tzu, considered the founder of the Taoist philosophy, in a maxim reminds us that "Even a thousand miles journey begins with a step. Existence is a journey without a destination. Every day we walk and there will be the moments when we feel stuck on ourselves, blocked, and the moments when it seems easier to run. It doesn't matter, it's part of the game.
When we let ourselves be dominated by anxiety then it's easy to notice that we remain motionless, like a goldfish spinning around in a small glass bowl. In those moments our thoughts short-circuit, we are assailed by obsessive thoughts and we literally bump into obstacles that seem insurmountable.
The only space you can act on is... right now. Today you have a chance to decide whether you want to move or not. Right now. Which direction do you choose to go? Make good use of your compass and may it be the beginning of a courageous journey.
“As makes the angels weep, who, with our spleens, would all themselves laugh mortal” – William Shakespeare.
Did you and your language exchange friends enjoy these thoughts? Are you optimistic and do you always see the glass half full even in difficult times? Let us know in the comments below.
Written by: Martina Sassi, Staff Writer
Studenz.com Language Exchange
- 10 Jun, 2020
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