Tag: positive affirmations

The Doctor Is Going to Find Something Horribly Wrong with Me: Worry Journal Exercise

The Doctor Is Going to Find Something Horribly Wrong with Me: Worry Journal Exercise

I haven’t had a physical exam in over 7 years. Not because I’m afraid of going to the doctor (even though I am and self-diagnose every chance I get). Or because I was raised to stay away from doctors (even though I was, because the […]

Odd Woman Out at the BlogHer Conference: Worry Journal Exercise

Odd Woman Out at the BlogHer Conference: Worry Journal Exercise

A few months ago a friend was telling me about a conference she was going to for work. “I love conferences,” I told her. That’s a strange thing for me to say, I thought, because I don’t go to conferences. I do vaguely remember an […]

I’m Not Doing Enough: Worry Journal Exercise

I’m Not Doing Enough: Worry Journal Exercise

Why should it feel like I’m not doing enough when I’m doing all the time? That’s not true. I’m doing when I have the energy to do. And when I’m not doing, I’m thinking about the doing I wish I could be doing, and planning when and how I’ll do it soon. And whether I’m in the process of doing or not, it’s disempowering either way, because no matter how much I do, the anxiety is there.

Situation / Trigger

Thinking about all my to-do’s

Negative Thought

I’m not doing enough.

Anxiety Level

10

Evidence For

I’m not writing enough.

When I started this website, my plan was to publish new pieces 3 to 5 times a week. It proved ridiculously difficult for me with the rest of my workload, and the amount of posting I’ve done here over these first 4 months (since the launch) shows it.

January, 15 posts. February, 9 posts. March, 5 posts. April, 3 posts.

Two posts a week is fine. One post a week, I can live with. Months like this with a measly three have got to go.

I’m not reading enough.

Most days, I mostly read headlines and social media posts. That’s with the exception of a blog post here, a news article there, and maybe a few pages from whatever novel I’m struggling to stay engaged with because I’m reading it so infrequently.

I’m not cleaning enough.

I can’t stand a dirty house. It’s not disgusting, but it’s not pristine. I want pristine.

I’m not social enough.

I go weeks without seeing or speaking to friends (text, email, and social media excluded).

When I get home, I hold my breath standing outside my front door for fear that if I don’t get it unlocked soon enough the neighbor I hear across the landing will open her door and I’ll have to talk to her. This is a nice neighbor who I barely know and to whom a simple “Hey, how ya doin?” would suffice.

Other distressing neighborly avoidances (e.g., going to and from my car, taking out the trash, stepping into the community backyard).

I’m not self-caring enough.

I beat myself up constantly for falling short (see any one of the “I’m not doing enough” references above).

I almost never take a day off.

I put work above well-being.

Evidence Against

I’m writing enough to have this blog, to have a few readers, and to have something that gives me purpose. Plus, there’s all the writing I do for other websites – 30-something posts a month.

I’m reading enough blogs and books to stay inspired and know I want to read more.

I’m cleaning enough to keep it cleanish most of the time.

I’m social enough to maintain relationships.

I’m self-caring enough to get enough sleep every night, take my supplements every morning, meditate most days, and do yoga now and then.

What’s More Likely

I expect too much of myself within the framework of my life.

Alternative Thought / Positive Affirmation

I’m doing plenty.

Anxiety Level

7

What’s Worrying You?

Keep your own worry journal and work it through. I picked up this tool in cognitive behavioral therapy. Inevitably, my anxiety level at the end of the exercise is less than it was when I started. I hope it works that way for you, too.

Nothing I Do Is Good Enough: Worry Journal Exercise

Nothing I Do Is Good Enough: Worry Journal Exercise

It’s a real killer admitting it — that nothing I do is good enough — not because I’m embarrassed by it, but because I try so damn hard. What’s worse is, the harder I try, the more harshly I judge myself when I fall short. It’s […]

How to Create Your Own Positive Affirmations

How to Create Your Own Positive Affirmations

Positive affirmations have the power to change your life over time, but that’s not the main reason I use them. I use positive affirmations for the change they make in a moment. When I’m feeling anxious, that moment feels like all there is, so getting to a better place means everything. […]