New Things | Fear

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Semiprecious stones, as well as stones in general, have become an increasing interest, especially when it comes to the idea of using them for handmade jewelry.

Despite enthusiasm and inspiration, the beads and stones collected over the past few months just lingered in piles around the house.  It’s so much easier and safer just to think about doing something than to actually try.  What if we fail?  What if we’re not as creative as we’d hoped?  What if it turns out we don’t like this new interest after all, and we’ve collected all these things for nothing?

It’s easy to fear the unknown and the untested, but we shouldn’t let our anxiety stall us from trying something new.  Or even trying something we’re experienced with.  Even for lifelong painters, the blank canvas can still be intimidating.

Let’s not let fear and anxiety keep us from diving into new interests.  We may find a new passion, a new hobby, or not.  But we won’t know until we push ourselves to try and experiment.  It may help keep anxieties to a minimum if we limit how many tools/supplies/etc we get in preparation for this new adventure.  Not only can it reduce financial loss if it doesn’t work out, but we’ll feel less pressure.

Much Peace and Keep Roamin’

Amethyst Pendant Necklace Wire Wrapped River Rock

Anxiety

Sunset Valley

Although often carried with me, it’s rather rare to actually use a tripod when out in public. I’m nervous enough about being mugged when just having a camera briefly in sight, so the idea of drawing attention as well as having my camera in sight longer by using a tripod makes me terribly anxious.

Although pretty sure trails are mostly populated by harmless hikers, runners, and the like, it’s hard to be out with my camera without feeling like a sitting duck.

Perhaps continued outings will help quell the anxiety.

Nature photograph of a sunlit hillside. Landscape photography of a barn in from of mountains

The World is Big

Photograph of stars shining over clouds at dusk.

When we start feeling overwhelmed, trapped, or like things are never going to change, let’s remember how big the world is.

Let’s watch the clouds, gaze at the stars, and take a deep breath.  The world is immense and always changing.  Hardships come and go, but let’s never forget the possibilities.

Much Peace and Keep Roamin’

Photograph of clouds and a blue sky during sunset Photograph of geese flying during sunset

Uncertainty

Nature photograph of flowers and a green forest

Uncertainty can be difficult.  It’s probably safe to say many of us like to know what to expect.  It’s nice to know what’s coming and have things planned out.  It’s nice to feel secure.

But uncertainty doesn’t foretell the end of the world.  Just because not everything is planned out or in place, doesn’t mean things aren’t going to be okay.

When anxiety starts to creep in, let’s remind ourselves that things work out.  Everything is always changing.  Just because we don’t have answers now, doesn’t mean we never will.

Things will be okay.  Let’s take a deep breath, stay in the present, and trust that the answers will come.

Much Peace and Keep Roamin’

Challenges Bliss of Solitude

Move Forward

Challenges

Life is full of challenges.  That’s how we grow and learn to move forward.

Getting upset isn’t going to make bills any smaller.  Drowning in anxiety isn’t going to change our situation.

Let’s remember that every challenge can be overcome, and there’s nothing we can’t grow to handle.  So when challenges arise, let’s not entertain fear, but move forward and accept the challenge.

Much Peace and Keep Roamin’

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Panic Button

panic and anxiety attacks funny photography

Sometimes the simplest things can set off our internal panic buttons.  Change, new things, a little worry can trigger a full scale panic attack.

When we’re consumed with anxiety, it feels like the world shrinks a thousand times around us, trapping us inside a small shell of fear, nerves, and fragility.  We forget how things really are.  All we see and are certain of is fear.

It’s easy to forget how we really feel about things, and how the world really is.

But when our gut is paralyzed in fear and our hearts race like a train out of control, we have to remember that anxiety tells us lies.

The world is not as scary, we are not as fragile, and we are not as trapped as our anxiety would have us believe.

Let’s take a deep breath and remember to never operate out of fear or make any decisions fueled by it.

Much Peace and Keep Roamin’

 

Sunset Anxiety

icy snow winter sunset trees I’m sure some of you living with anxiety know what this is.

It’s getting late, shadows have grown long and the sky is turning gold as the sun prepares to set.  Or, maybe it’s early, and the sky is turing a pale turquoise as the sun nears the horizon to rise.

Whether sunrise or sunset, you definitely know what time it is.  You start to feel a tightness in your chest, shakiness, and the panic and rush of adrenaline that we all know too well.

Personally, I have a love/dread relationships with sunsets.  When I’m at work, I enjoy taking in the beauty of the golden glow and the clouds dotting the sky.  I feel renewed peace, calm, wander, and hope.  Other times, when I’m home, I dread the lowering of the sun and the slowly growing darkness.

Anxiety can be tricky to beat, I’m still trying to figure it out, myself.  I do, though, recommend that you explore the possible reasons behind your anxiety.  For me, it’s the fear of tomorrow, the unknown, and the fear of a panic attack.  Tell yourself some positive affirmations like,’Tomorrow is going to be a great day,’ and ‘I welcome calm into my life.’

Another thing I recommend is to keep yourself busy.  I don’t panic at work, because I’m working.  It’s a treat when I notice the changing sky and take a moment or two to enjoy it.  It’s not a fearful half-hour that I’ve been consciously dreading.  Also, talk with your doctor.

Keep busy, think positive, and give yourself something to keep your mind and hands busy.    We can beat this.  You can beat this.

Much Peace and Keep Roamin’