Sugar and Spice Advice on battling anxiety and finding hope

Don't worry, be happy
Don’t worry, be happy

Is there such a thing as peace of mind in this day and age? I submit that there is in spite of the roller coaster economy, health problems, etc. It is understandable that there will be stress and anxiety in each person’s life. Mild anxiety is not a problem, but severe anxiety only makes things worse. Peace of mind can have a big, positive effect on how you handle your life, the people around you, and your health.

Contentment is possible. Don’t mistake it for complacency. They are not the same. Satisfaction comes as you make even small changes to work toward something better. Doesn’t it feel good to accomplish things? I know that I am excited when I step on the scale and find I have lost a pound. One pound at a time adds up. Try a positive outlook. Finding the good in your life can make you feel hopeful. Think of each stumbling block as a lesson to be learned. Believe it or not, it can have a calming influence. And remember, the current situation is only a sliver of your life, not your whole life.

Stress is relieved by releasing energy. Don’t keep everything bottled up inside. I am not advocating shouting at people or kicking the neighbor’s dog. Share what is going on with a person you trust. Sometimes we try to curl up inside ourselves and block out things. This is not a bad idea when you are feeling overwhelmed. Just realize it is only a temporary relief giver. Don’t let it be the way you live. Overeating and other unhealthy habits make things worse. Go for a walk. Walking can improve your mood. Or practice mindfulness.

Each day we are pulled in so many directions that we get fatigued or feel we are on a treadmill without a way to get off. In other words, we are stressed. Even in this case it is possible to achieve calmness. You don’t have to spend a lot of money in search of help. Do the following simple things that don’t take a lot of time, and you will see positive benefits. Slow down. De-clutter. Cut back on things. Simple things are wise things. And make sure that you do set aside some time during your busy day to breathe slowly and deeply. Do nothing even if it is only for a few minutes.

Miracles can happen, and I believe they do. But it does help a miracle to occur by doing some of the small things that we can, and you will find the peace of mind you are searching for.

(If you are looking for some help with your financial concerns and budget, may I recommend a book that can help anyone. I used the suggestions in my own life, and have found that they actually work. Now the only debt I have is my mortgage and my 2nd. I’m working on those now. The book is titled Debt-Free on Any Income – a Practical Guide to Financial Security for Latter-day Saints, by Lyle and Tracy Shamo. Honestly, you don’t have to be a Latter-day Saint to benefit from this book. It is a wise guide for anyone. I guarantee it.

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