Changing Your World

Most of us want to change our worlds right now, but, of course, doing it is so much harder than saying it. One way we can start is by acknowledging that most of us worry about things that don’t matter so much; such as losing that extra weight or having a bigger house or a better job. And what we were worrying about last month or last week didn’t happen or didn’t turn out to be the diaster we imagined it would. When truly terrible things happen – getting some really bad news like a death or illness – it pulls you out of the situation and makes you realise that it is the worrying and stressing that is making us sick. You can see the physical state of how it affects you. A good way to instantly de-stress is to slow your breathing down and breathe into the belly. Focus on the outbreath – just by lengthening it makes a difference. Becoming aware of what’s around you at the time – the sounds, the smells, the colours and shapes – takes you away from repetitive, worried thoughts and the feelings that go with them. However, if, no matter how hard you try, you find you are swamped and overwhelmed by anxiety and stress, you need to think about getting some help. Talking it through with someone outside of your situation, such as a counsellor or therapist, can allow you to understand what’s holding you back from making the changes you want to make.

Share this page