Anxiety

Anxiety has been creeping in a little. More so recently. As usual, I hide it well to people, but I do not do that deliberately and I am surprised to hear I hide it well still.
A couple of scenarios happened. One at home, which I did not want to do, but I had to nip it in the bud. Although I was rightly to be annoyed and to complain about this, my anxiety rose because of the worry doing it. I complained directly with appropriate people, via a letter. Thankfully, this was acted on by them appropriately and I am thankful for this, because the last thing I wanted to do was to take my complaint further.
Later, the same day, my anxiety rose as it was getting nearer to go to work. But all was good in the end and eventually, my anxiety lessened.

As I write this post though, I feel a little anxiety. I don’t know why. I feel a little tearful too, which I am trying to ignore. Hopefully tomorrow, will be better.

Related posts:

I hide it well – Anxiety

Letter to my anxiety

I have been tagged

I have been tagged and there are two tags for me, which I have written both of them into this one post. I was tagged by Tina, from ‘Invisible Illness,’ for both challenges. Thank you Tina. See Tina’s post for these challenges.

Here I go with the first one, which is an A to Z challenge, which has not been made clear exactly as you play this. I googled it, but there are many different A to Z challenges, so I will try to base it on myself.

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A – absorbed
B – busy
C – caring
D – delicate
E – eager
F – faithful
G – good
H – healthy
I – independent
J – joking
K – kind
L – lonesome
M – mate
N – nervy
O – observing
P – passionate
Q – quiet
R – realistic
S – sensitive
T – trust
U – unique
V – I can’t think of one
W – watchful
X – can’t think of one
Y – youthful
Z – zippy

The other challenge is 2016/2017 TAG, created by David.

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1. Describe your 2016 in 3 words
Hard
Positives
Sad

2. Write the name of 2 people who have characterized your 2016.
It’s not one I like to narrow down, as there have been many. So I cannot answer this one.

3. Write the most beautiful place you’ve visited in 2016 and why you liked it so much.
Kew Gardens. I loved everything about this place and found it relaxing. A place I will definitely re-visit.

4. Write the most delicious food you’ve tasted in 2016.
This yummy pie.

5. Write the event which has marked you more of this in 2016?
The positive effects from my mental health course I started on and which I am not far off from finishing. I have received ‘High Merit,’so far, for my lessons done.

6. Write the finest purchase you’ve made in this 2016, and if you want to link a photo.
Nothing to share on this one.

7. Write 3 good intentions for this 2017.
To finish off my course mentioned in previous question.
To take driving lessons.
To enjoy my new experiences, hopefully, through one of my volunteer roles.

8. Write 1 place you want to visit in 2017.
I would have liked to have visited Brighton again, for 5 days, but I shall have to give it a miss, if I plan to learn to drive this year. But, I do have two weekend holidays booked. I will mention more about them, in separate posts of their own.

9. Write 1 plate/food you want to eat in 2017.
There is nothing that comes to mind, than to just make my pizza again, for a second time.

Rules:
1. Mention Creator of 2016/2017 tag
2. Use the image in the article
3. Mention blogger(s) who have chosen you
4. Answer the questions
5. Tag 9 other bloggers & let them know

I tag…

If you are reading this post, then I tag you for both of these challenges. I do hope you will join in, as it is fun. If you do, then do link back to this post, so I can come and visit your blog post and read yours.

If you don’t have a blog, then please feel free to leave yours in the comments.

Book review: “Mindfulness for everyday living,” by Christopher Titmuss.

This is a guide as the title says, mindfulness for everyday living. By focusing on the present, we can teach ourselves to appreciate what is going on around us. To become happier and calmer, without the constant anxiety caused by worrying about the past or the future. By practising the Buddhist art of mindfulness, we can experience life on a different level.
This book brings an introduction to the basic principles of mindfulness and the benefits it can bring. There are exercises to try throughout the book, that can be used in your daily life and helpful advice on dealing with emotional issues, arguments and relationships.

The first time you read this book I suggest you read it all, then go back to where you feel it is useful for you. It is certainly a book that you can refer back to, because mindfulness is something that has to be worked on. It is not something that you can easily pick up on in a week.
Now I have read the book throughout, I will certainly go back and read parts of it that are helpful for me.

Contents of this book:

  • Preface
  • Introduction
  • Mindfulness of Energy
  • Mindfulness of Activities
  • Mindfulness of Inner Life
  • Mindfulness of Five Precepts, Seven Ways for Inner Change
  • Mindfulness of Spiritual Experiences

For those that already have some experience of mindfulness in some way, you will be familiar with some of the things it talks about in the book, like relaxation breathing exercises. There is still something to learn though, from this book and I learnt a lot. It is a book that will remain on my bookshelf, to keep referring back to.

If you hear something…

I love this quote I came across recently, which is so true. But, unfortunately, I have witnessed this many times and people have tried to drag me into something that they have heard, but not heard from original source. They wonder why I don’t care because I am not going to react to something I have not heard directly from the original source myself, or because I react sharply because I am sick of hearing something that has not proof behind it, so I tell them to shut up. It can cause so much unnecessary trouble and stress, if it turns out not to be true.