Some days, I just wake up feeling off.
Maybe it is a bad dream, a upcoming deadline, life stress, or an upcoming workout.
Today it is all 4, and I am trying to figure out how to not go into panic mode.
In the advent of this stress and anxiety, I turn to metaphors, as they make the world seem more palatable for me. Sure, it doesn’t fix the problem, but it sure makes it more legible.
Anyway, in the advent that I am trying to adopt a puppicinno this week (yahoo!) I seek the advice of nature and how to quell a frightened dog!
A la Caesar or the Dog Whisperer, here are his tips:
Ignore the hyper dog behavior.
Give your dog a job.
Go for a dog walk to redirect dog’s high energy.
Check your own energy.
Try out aromatherapy.
Okay, great. Now, I apply this to my ever present anxiety situation regarding life stress, being tired, and the upcoming workout/parties/things to do!
Ignore the hyper dog behavior: Aka, tell my bad thoughts to take a hike.
“Kaytlin, you are cockey and doomed to fail” ->take a hike
“Kaytlin, you are lazy and doomed to fail”->go away
“Kaytlin, you are tired and grumpy and hate everything and are going to freak out and curl up in a ball” ->seriously, stop. Ignoring you!
Give your dog a job: Aka focus on the controllables
What can I control? What I get done in work today, how much effort I give in my workout, my self talk, how I schedule my time, how I treat others, etc.
Go for a dog walk to redirect dog’s high energy: Aka, redirect the anxiety to the controllables
Check your own energy: aka where are these feelings coming from?
They are coming from my fear of making the same mistakes. They are coming from my feelings of worthlessness and lack of confidence. They are coming from my anger. From my negativity. From my lack of remembering the joy. And finally, from my lack of trust and faith that life can be happy and my self worth is in God.
Try out aroma therapy: aka, notice the little things.
My goal this week, this day, this minute: smell the trees. Take a breath. Smile. Cry if I need to. But all in all, be present and know that all I can do, is control the controllables.
I may not be a dog, but I can have the heart of one.
Work with diligence and joy.
Run with freedom and guts.
Live with duty and love.