Change = Anxiety

Change = anxiety, worry and stress.

Feeling stressed and anxious, finding you worry a lot, is natural in the midst of a world-wide crisis. Even though everyone responds differently to stress, everyone does indeed respond. Different responses are the reason some of us think we are weird, unusual or defective when we react the way we do in a crisis. Comparing ourselves to others is unhelpful, and leads to us (usually) feeling worse. Most of us struggle with change and the world around us is definitely changing. Many of us are frustrated and don’t want to or don’t know how to adjust to the new rules that confine us, caution us and restrict our usual freedoms. While we know this will pass, and life will once again be good, feeling controlled creates a sense of helplessness and even panic.

Here is a tool to help:

Acceptance does not change the situation, but it takes the fight and worry out of life. Acceptance lowers stress and stops the sensations of worry and panic affecting you. The Serenity Prayer has helped many people over many generations to focus attention on accepting what needs to be accepted.

O God and heavenly Father, grant to us the serenity of mind to accept that which cannot be changed; courage to change that which can be changed, and wisdom to know the one from the other.

R. Niebuhr