I am Dr. Hassan, a Board-Certified Physiatrist and Independent Practice Owner. I help physiatrists start and grow their own profitable practices so they can achieve financial independence and live without limits.
Anxiety might not feel like a good thing, but it really is. It’s related to a natural stress response that wants to let you know that something bad might be happening. Anxious and stressful thoughts come and go all of the time. In most cases, we don’t latch onto one of them and give it any significant power over our lives.
Then, sometimes, we can’t stop obsessing over a thought. That is the basic definition of anxiety. We focus on a thought or a belief so intensely that we become anxious.
While anxiety is usually thought of as negative, you can become anxious over positive experiences.
If you are looking forward to something wonderful that will happen soon, there can be a lot of anxious feelings surrounding that event. Whether you are overthinking about something in your life or experiencing a lot of anxiety, returning to the present moment can help.
What Are You Experiencing Right Here, Right Now?
It’s strange, sometimes, our minds wander even when we are otherwise very focused on what we’re doing. Our thoughts might wander to something negative that happened in our past. We might be preparing for something that we hope will turn out well in the future. In both cases, focusing on our thoughts can cause a lot of anxiety.
Your best performances will never come from an anxious mind. Obsessive thoughts can cause us to wreck our relationships, finances, health, and other areas of our lives. If you’d like to keep this from happening, embrace the present moment the next time you can’t seem to quiet your anxious mind. It’s only when we’re living in the moment that we aren’t bothered by what’s already happened or what might happen.
You do this by answering the following question.
What do you see, feel, hear, taste, smell, and experience?
You can only answer that question by living in the present moment. This is where your life is happening rather than letting your mind think about what might happen in the future or what may have happened in the past.
Your mind might look at possibilities and reality as the same things, which can cause anxiety.
It’s normal to be anxious about important things in your life. It’s unhealthy when you let a particularly anxious thought linger. You begin to spend a lot of mental energy with this thought. The anxiety builds, and you get stressed out. This can’t lead to a positive outcome if you don’t address the issue. Returning to the present moment of your existence, you benefit from focusing on reality rather than a potential outcome that may or may not ever develop.
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