EXCITING NEW Mental and Emotional Handbook. Fifty -Day – Guide – to discover brain based awe! Fun Daily Brain Based Tools that Reduce Anxiety and Awaken AWE during a pandemic! Check for free mindset resources for teens and parents at this TpT site
Enjoy a growth mindset journey away from cranky responses and crabby stressors. Walk away from chaos into a refreshing emotional calm – in spite of difficult times.
Excerpt below from tool 2 of the guide’s 50 tools:
Our brains constantly forge tenacious links with life situations that connect us to either healthy or toxic forces. When we link to toxic images, and fear takes hold we open floodgates to anxiety.
Let’s say we make a decision to move into a new apartment, and then as we begin to plan our exciting move. We visualize having friends over to dinner, and we imagine sipping coffee as the sun rises on our new balcony. Suddenly, as plans take shape however, we begin to fear that we will possibly run out of finances. We imagine ourselves left helpless in an apartment we cannot afford.
Tool 2 BREAKS A LINK to toxic anxiety that shuts down brainpower, and offers us repaired mental and emotional links to our intuitive or intrapersonal intelligence. We can regain healing power from neural and cognitive sciences, to cope in tough times, when we break links to worry before anxiety ensnares us in toxins. To get past anxiety’s fear of financial insecurity after a move to our new apartment, we will have to break the links to fear, worry and anxiety, by doing their opposite. How so?
We might save for a year’s rent to prove we can afford the new apartment, even if it means tightening our belt a bit. Or we might downsize our planned move from a two bedroom to a less expensive one bedroom apartment. If it’s a space we’ll still enjoy, with amenities we’d dreamed of, such as a balcony or a nice view, we can tangibly replace fear with wonderful new anticipation.
The brain stores toxic anxiety-building triggers whenever we stew and stress over any stressor life sends. In response, each time life trips us up on these obstacles, we will likely suffer from worries that can feel as if the trauma were newly experienced. Over time, our intuitive or intrapersonal intelligence gets defined by healthy choices, or stressful lies (such as we are not worth much) interjected to weaken and corrupt our mental and emotional abilities. Toxins such as fear prevent awesome talents and fun adventures our brains can offer us.
When anxiety strikes, and before we sink to its treachery we can literally become our own best therapist by applying tools such as breaking a fear link with a solution possibility link.
Not that we can tackle all our stored anxiety triggers at once, but we can break one key link. Reminded that our brains require us to act before they rewire and reboot for more of the same, I plan to go after one tough stressor today with an overcoming action a therapist might offer! In a later section, I will illustrate my problem confronted, the anxiety it caused, and my follow-up suggestion to break the link in a further section of these 50 mental and emotional tools.
Let’s look back one further time at the affordable apartment example. When we imagine we will be able to help a friend or suggest a stress-busting strategy as advice to a person we love, we set an emotional and mental stage to trick our brains out of fear. To step back in a similar manner, we can also see our own anxiety problem through a different and clearer filter. In our imagined role as strategist for a person we care about, we are suddenly able to see possibilities in new ways. In this way, we grow mentally equipped to try a doable strategy as if it came to us from a gifted therapist. What will lower anxiety visibly for you today so that you break a link to fear and add one to delight?