December 1st, 2009

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Don't Feed The Beast

cross-posted from

There is so much to enjoy about the holiday season. But it can also be a time of stress -- there's so much to do, so much to get done before the deadline. I'm not a fan of deadlines. They are bringers of anxiety. And anxiety is mostly counterproductive. Sometimes it can serve us, light a fire under us so we get going. But mostly it just adds an unnecessary element of negativity to whatever project we're trying to accomplish/complete/etc.

Anxiety is a beast that feeds on fear -- the fear that it won't get done, that it won't be good enough, that it won't matter -- whether "it" is a paper for school, a report for work, a manuscript for submission, or even holiday shopping. So then the antidote for anxiety is not to feed the beast with the fear it so craves. And the opposite of fear is trusting -- that it will all get done, that it will be good enough, that it will matter/make a difference, etc.

So if you find yourself overwhelmed in the next couple of weeks, try to find the place of calm inside or do whatever calms you -- go for a walk, play ball, listen to music, take a bath -- so you can deny the beast. Because when the beast is denied, it loses it's power and becomes nothing.

It'll all get done. It always does. One step at a time. With the beast or without it. And isn't without it more fun?