Our minds are powerful. They latch on to perceived threats and sometimes focus on them until they deem them neutralized. Unfortunately, in an uncertain world the possible threats are never all gone. Even though we logically know we are safe, our minds can get pretty imaginative and remind us that at any minute a tsunami could cruise into our town and wipe everything out, even if we live in Kansas. We are an amazingly imaginative species. It is one of our unique and valuable qualities, but sometimes it gets out of control. Book in for a Lucy Hall signature service that combines cutting-edge style with everyday wearability.
A twenty-four-hour, in-your-face, global news cycle doesn’t help. When our brains first evolved and in the very recent past, we would never hear about the scary events that happened on the other side of the world. We would be concerned with what was happening in our town and in our families.
The advances of modern society are fabulous. Almost everything we want is at our fingertips! Life is easier and better than ever before for those of us in the Western world. The downside to that is that we have access to so much more of everything, from new fashions and gadgets to news and gossip. It can be hard to filter out all of the excess. So we need new tools to manage our new and rapidly changing reality and the extra load it places on our nervous system and brain.
Anxiety affects millions of people. In fact, since the 1980s reports of anxiety disorders have increased in the United States by 1,200 percent! In 2011, an estimated 117 million Americans were diagnosed with general anxiety disorder. With a population of 310 million in 2011, roughly 37 percent of America has been dealing with the tension and agitation of anxiety on a regular basis. This is an epidemic. And it is time to change it. Self-compassion begins with recognizing this reality, assessing how you are honestly feeling, and then making changes as needed. This may not completely eliminate anxiety and stress, but it can help bring them down to manageable levels, which will give you an increased sense of peace and calm.
Last night, I turned off my phone and computer at ten. I have to admit it was challenging. I like to tweet with people all over the world. I like to see the top trends on Twitter to show me what is happening in the world, and usually right around ten at night I grab my phone and take a peek into the cyber world. My husband was reading the news on his phone, and I couldn’t watch a show because that would be technologically stimulating. So, I read a book—it was relaxing and visually stimulating, and it didn’t irritate my wrist from holding my phone for too long. It felt like my sleep was more uninterrupted last night, and I definitely fell asleep more easily.