I was reading recently that 18 percent of the population suffers from anxiety disorders.
Pshaw. Those are just the numbers reflecting those who get officially diagnosed. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to tell you they’re much higher. Do you know how many suburban housewives have told me they pop Xanax regularly (“helpfully” provided via their family doctor) or take a once-a-week Vicodin when hubby is out of town and they just can’t cope midweek?
More than you can shake a stick at, as my grandmother used to say.
As if we weren’t already hardwired to push ourselves, self criticize and multitask until our brains are smoking, modern society is more than willing to point out things that we need to be on top of 24/7.
In the past 24 hours, I’ve seen articles such as:
Is Your Kid Getting Enough Rest?
Making Healthier To-Go Breakfasts
Body Image After 50
10 Things People Who are Great at Relationships Do Differently
What You Should Know Before Making a Major Life Change
What You Don’t Know About Your Health Apps Could Hurt You
Which led me to think, in this order:
I’m not sure. I’ve had a hard time seeing lately due to the purple bags under my eyes.
I’m not 50 yet. Go away.
How did you round up all three people in one article?
Thank you. Because my friends, family and local priest have not given me enough advice already.
I should have health apps? Shit.
Stop giving me the 10 keys to happiness, the five cures for depression, the eight ways I can please a man, the three methods for eliciting perfect behavior from my children.
You’re giving me hives already.
When I go to sleep, my mind tends to ramble anyway. See here.
And your reminders about how to improve things I wasn’t even aware needed improving make me cuckoo.
Let me give you the one way to reduce your anxiety forever—stop reading these damn articles on how to be better at everything. Put down your quinoa and your self-help books for a weekend.
And just get some shit done. Clean a closet. Pay some bills. Replace that sofa pillow with the rip in it.
Whatever will lessen the list of things that runs through your mind before you fall asleep.
I’m not trying to say there is a simple fix for a true anxiety disorder. But many of us just have generalized anxiety due to too much coming at us too fast–and not enough time to dig in and take care of business.
Doing one small thing at a time works every darn time. And many times, you’ll find you’re inspired to handle more because it feels so good.
I could come up with four other methods for relieving anxiety. But then I’d have to title this piece : “The Five Life-Saving Anxiety Stoppers You Need to Know to be an Adequate Human Being.”
And that might make us all just a tad anxious.