Has anyone ever seen the show “Little Fires Everywhere”? Great, right? My first thought after hearing the title and watching the intro was how much it related to how anxiety felt to me. When my anxiety gets bad, I feel like I am putting out little fires multiple times a day. Its exhausting. It drains me of all my energy. I have to constantly be the firefighter of my mind.
When I am putting out multiple “figurative” fires everyday, I have to find ways to come through that. I have to sit down and get quiet with myself and ask myself “what do I need in this moment?” Do I need to go on a long drive with the music up louder than I can stand it? Do I need to write in my journal? Do I need to go for a walk outdoors? Everyday, every situation typically comes up with a different resolution. I always tell my friends that come to me for advice that you need an outlet. You need to remember who you are outside of work and outside of being a mom or a wife. YOU need to dig deep and remember who YOU are! This year I told myself I am not apologizing for my decisions I make and I am definitely not apologizing for being authentically me.
The takeaway is that when you are having higher levels of anxiety and feel like you are putting out little fires everywhere, take action. Do what feels good. Do what feels right at that moment. There is no wrong answer.