How many of you let your mind wander?
How many of you allow your mind to create stories about things that have not happened to you?
How many of you freak yourself out on a regular basis when it comes down to creating or speculating things that may or may not happen to you?
We all do it. It’s called the neurotic mind.
Or, for those of you that really want to get technical, it’s flight or fight.
We all have the capability to allow our mind to wander, to go there, to literally get crazy with paranoia and fear.
The Internet can take us there, as well. All of a sudden, you don’t feel good, so you Google something on the Internet, and what happens is you think you may have some type of rare form of cancer.
You’re involved in a relationship when someone says something, and then you start over-analyzing and speculating what that person may or may not mean by what they say.
There are so many things that we do to ourselves on a regular basis that literally drive us nuts.
Why do we do this? Why do we speculate and why do we drive ourselves crazy?
I know that, when I do it, I literally physically get myself ill.
I will physically feel ill. I won’t be able to concentrate at all.
As a matter of fact, when I go through this type of speculation and this type of neurotic behavior, I can feel it throughout my entire body, literally going through me from head to toe. It is the most incredible nerve-wracking experience you can have.
I know when I go through this as a person, it will make me very irritable, hard to concentrate, hard to listen, and hard to really retain any information. I’ll have a low-grade nausea as well. I won’t feel good. Because I’m taking myself through flight or fight.
I’ll have trouble sleeping and I’ll wake up fear-based. Early. Way before I need to wake up. Because I literally will drive myself crazy.
I can’t help it. It happens to all the best of us.
It happens to some of us more than others, and it happens to some of us a lot less than others.
I remember earlier this year, at the beginning of the year, I had my first panic attack. I was internalizing things so much that I had a panic attack. I literally thought I was going to have a heart attack that day, but knew I wasn’t.
So why do we do this?
We do this because we’re human beings.
And as human beings, we’re sensitive. We’re feelers.
But the thing is, you can’t allow your mind to take off and get the best of you. I know it’s hard to say that.
I know it’s hard to hear that.
And I know it’s something that you wish that you could just stop.
But in reality, you need to realize the majority of things that you fear the most never come to fruition. You need to be able to tell yourself that when you start panicking.
One of the things I like to do when I go into panic mode is I like to just breathe deeply.
Get into one of my stretches, and literally breathe really deeply.
Why? Because that helps.
I like to think to myself, why am I doing this?
Why am I driving myself so crazy right now, with fear and anxiety?
Why do I feel the need to do this?
Where does this doom or gloom come in?
Because that’s really what it is.
Usually when something really good happens to me, I will always come up with some type of doom or gloom scenario of why it won’t work out. It’s not a long doom or gloom scenario, it’s just a passing thought, and I realize mine comes from literally my mother. My mother was always about doom or gloom.
I literally will say to myself, God, if I could just make it through this right now, I’ll be fine. Please, God, please, universe, help me through this right now.
You’ve got to take a look a the root cause of it. Mine came from social conditioning from being a kid.
So my best advice to you, when you go down this road, is to literally just breathe. Breathe efficiently.
And have faith everything is going to be okay.