“What you think, you become. What you feel, you attract. What you imagine, you create.” — Buddha
You may have heard this a thousand times and you may have taken it for granted, like most of us. But remember that your mind is a powerful thing which works in synchronization with what you focus on. The Law of Attraction says that if you think of riches, you get rich, same with poverty. The same goes for self-criticism, which contributes to why so many people are unhappy, unsuccessful, and struggle with depression, anxiety, and other issues.
Managing your negative thoughts is no simple feat. Our brains are wired to look for threat and possibly negative encounters/outcomes (this is how we have survived and evolved in the world). It's especially difficult when struggling with depression, anxiety, or other challenges. We can rewire our brains, so those negative thoughts no longer have as much power over our health, relationships and lives.
Anxiety is normal, and at some point, in our lives most people experience at least one symptom connected to it. For the most part, anxiety symptoms are experienced as a normal result of activation of our brain's fear response system in reaction to something we perceive as scary, intimidating or dangerous. Sometimes, that system becomes over-activated and it can start becoming problematic in our daily lives, and we continue having symptoms in situations that wouldn't typically provoke them (driving to work, going to the grocery store, socializing with friends). So, when that happens, there are some tricks you can use to rewire your brain and take your power back.
Everyone experiences stress, but when it starts impacting quality of life, it can become problematic. Anxiety therapy in Washington State can help when anxiety begins to overpower your thoughts and behavior. A therapist can help you cope in this difficult situation. If you find yourself in this situation and are unable to find help quickly, here are some tips that can help you in the moment: