I've been working really hard on my anxiety lately. I've been doing therapy since the beginning of the year, and as I start month three, I want to share a phrase with you guys that's been the most helpful for me. It's my new mantra.
I made this photo edit with the quote on there so that I can use it as the background on my phone, and I can look at it every time I need a reminder. I'm also gonna write it on a sticky note and put it in my drawer at work. I'm even thinking about getting a small chalk board and writing it on there and making it a magnet for my fridge. Constant affirmation whenever and wherever I need it.
My therapist and I were trying guided meditation for the first time. For the record, I suck at it. She had this recording on her phone that we were using and this was the one line that really stuck out to me. And I think I'm not the only one who could find comfort in it, so I knew I had to share.
When you have anxiety, you have thoughts CONSTANTLY. So much thoughts. Thoughts on thoughts on thoughts. Pretty much your entire life, every minute of every day, is thoughts and trying to control those thoughts, which most times you're unsuccessful in doing so. But nothing feels as real as those thoughts. Those dreaded thoughts create real physical dread in your life.
This quote breaks down what thoughts really are. They're thoughts, they're not facts. Everyone has thoughts. And your thoughts are different than my faults. I can think about winning a million dollars, but it's not a fact, it's a thought. I can think anything, good or bad, but it's just a thought. Why? Because "thoughts don't know everything." Thoughts don't know the future, thoughts don't know how your day is gonna be, thoughts don't know things! THEY'RE THOUGHTS!
Every time I have a thought that's negative, so constantly, I try to remember this quote. I hope it will bring you the same comfort it's brought me.