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Custom Art: “Hijack Your Anxiety” by Gene Levi Chan

I’ve suffered all the diseases, all the accidents, all the bad things.

Maybe you have as well? You know what I mean… you ate beets yesterday and this morning you went to the bathroom only to find out that you now have cancer.

“We suffer more in imagination than in reality.”

— Seneca

Anxiety is an infirmity that infects the good times of our life with the assumptive certainty that all is not well.

Now, like everything human, anxiety exists on a spectrum. No one is immune and some need more help than others.

But we can all do at least one thing when anxiety hits: hijack it!

Hijack your anxiety by using it to learn what’s really going on in your heart.

As I wrote on Sunday, observing your thoughts can lead you to that which is really going on in your heart. If you can muster the courage to follow them, your anxious thoughts will lead you to the true identity of your fear. That won’t necessarily make your anxiety go away, but, in the future, that intel might be what ends the war.

Hijack your anxiety by using it to become more resilient.

Anxiety’s purpose it to cripple you, but you can turn the tables on it — using it to become more resilient. By convincing you that things have or will soon go wrong, anxiety has given you the opportunity to practice how you will respond when these things do happen. For example, when you’re convinced that your business means cancer, and not beets, accept it for a moment. What if it’s true? How will you now respond? Like a vaccine, embracing these small bits of bad things can make you more resistant when the big bits of bad things come.

Even if this time it was the beets, the truth is that suffering is real, and bad things will happen. So, when suffering does come, find the meaning in it.

Remember, when you feel anxiety beginning its work, hijack it!

That’s day 8 of my current 30-day writing project. I hope you’re safe and well.

P.S. Hijacking your anxiety is not a replacement for professional help. If you need help, get help.

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