You have irrational thoughts.
The mind is so powerful, and it’s not unusual to get caught up in our thoughts. Instead of being helpful and offer valuable solutions, your mind will feed your anxieties.
As humans, we’re not comfortable with the uncertainty of not knowing the outcome. Instead, your mind will create its own interpretation of events, playing out its own little movie in your head! Sadly, most of the time we play out the worst-case scenario.
Think for a moment, what story, or dialogue are you creating right now?
The mind is either caught up re-living past events or thinking ahead and predicting the future. We don’t know what the future holds. That’s why we need to learn techniques to manage the mind and importantly, learn how to live in the present.
Techniques like mindfulness, meditation teach you to be present and observe these fluctuations of the mind, without judgement and without attachment. Connecting with your breath is a wonderful practice to get you started.
Stress and overwhelm
We’re all going to experience some form of stress in our lives. You may be surprised to know that not all stress is bad. It can fire up your system, your adrenalin pumps and good stress keeps you moving forward.
Yet, when overwhelm and stress is continuous in your life and becomes chronic, then this needs to be addressed, because stress impacts your mental and physical health.
Your nervous system is frazzled. It’s frazzled because you’re permanently living in the stress response. The stress response is designed to fight off danger. The instinctive, most primitive part of your brain sends signals to the rest of your body to be on alert. It’s warning you that there is danger coming, waiting for the tiger to pounce! But in the 21st century there is no tiger, just our busy, stressful lives.