anxiety - quotes and descriptions to inspire creative writing
Create a photo album in your imagination. Only add your favourite feel-good moments, and when anxiety next comes, let the pictures transport your soul into those times.
When you imagine a good memory the nervous system is calmed, feel good brain chemicals are released, you do yourself positive good, you start to make you own natural medicine for anxiety. In time, you begin to be able to manage your emotions better and then to help others manage theirs. Whereas you were once lost in a storm, you become a lighthouse, shining out to sea.
When anxious I vent with a person who loves me, one who has real wisdom and life experience to offer, one who is the calm and not the storm.
If you ignore the anxious thoughts as if they were some distant radio and get on with doing things that are right for you, in time they lessen and disappear.
If anxiety runs my imagination motor, the fear centre of my brain gets more interconnected, more adrenaline and cortisol flood me. Yet when I use my imagination for hope, for gratitude, for writing lyrics or stories... it gets less. When I run or ride my bike, it gets less. There is no magic wand for this, only good choices applied daily and time. That's all.
Imagination uses the same part of my brain as anxiety, and so the more imaginative I am, the less anxious I feel. Thus creative writing is both a way of finding solutions and my rest, my medication, my refuge.
Anxiety thoughts are akin to driving around the block over and over, faster and faster. It's pointless. Stop. Let your thoughts be as a car on a good road, taking the hills and valleys just the same, heading into the far horizon your passions call you toward. You owe it to yourself to take control of the wheel.
I am worthy of escaping this hurricane of thoughts, the positive and the negative analysis of the actions and words of others. I am worthy of love and a better life, I am. So instead of wondering why "they" said it or did it, I simply say, "This situation isn't working for me and I have the right to seek something that does, some place I feel loved, welcome and appreciated." And so I make my escape plan through the paths of musical lyrics and stories of adventure, through the green leaves and under open skies.