Have you ever noticed that your greatest strength is also your greatest weakness?
It’s hard to see because we tend celebrate and enjoy our gifts, but they also bite us in the butt.
For example, there’s that outgoing friend of yours who always has great stories--but never shuts up long enough to develop listening skills. Or all of the great chefs who tend not to be skinny. And most of the great athletes and dancers I know have a hard time sitting still.
And if you’re an anxiety sufferer, I bet you have a brain that works really well at organizing things and keeping you out of trouble. Your thinking muscles might be so good that you can’t turn them off. Or your tender heart that cares so deeply might easily slip into scenarios where you worry and worry and worry.
Not to brag, but I’ve been there. Lying in bed watching my thoughts turn like wet laundry in a tumble dryer. As a 3rd grader, I spent many afternoons lying on the nurses couch with an ice pack on my neck to calm a migraine and many nights watching my digital clock change numbers into the early morning. More recently, getting divorced was a doozy for worry and big feelings.
So, I know. You can’t just shut it off and tell yourself to stop worrying or stop obsessing or stop being sad. You need to give your brain something else to do.
But what? Jennifer, you tease, tell me what the secret formula is!
Good news? There are a lot of options I’ve encountered since my hippie parents taught me to meditate at 8. And yes, the magic of acupuncture and herbs are in there too.
In fact, there are so many great strategies and perspectives that I’ve combined them all in a workshop I’m calling The Anxiety First Aid Kit. Past attendees told me they felt inspired and loved having so many resources to take home with them.
More good news? There’s one happening on Saturday, November 17th at 12:00 noon. It’s $20 if you pre-register or $25 at the door.
Sign up! You’ll be glad you did.
Here’s the link to register: https://vitamin-chi.as.me/anxiety