Do you need to keep searching for a ‘cure’ for anxiety?

I love solving problems. If there’s ever something bothering me health-wise, or if there’s a thing that needs fixing, I’m straight onto google. I research the problem and all its possible solutions so I can formulate a plan. Don’t get me wrong, this isn’t always a bad thing, as it means I’m proactive and end up learning a lot of information about the most random things! But sometimes the research can go too far.

It comes to a point where whatever you learn, it never feels like enough. The buzz of looking for answers, the quest for that nugget of wisdom that will fix your life, can actually distract you from the important knowledge you already have. Sometimes you need to stop the search and put what you know into practice and give it time! There’s always another self-help book or breathing technique out there to try if you feel your current routine isn’t working.

The true wisdom is in taking time to digest the information, being present, and using it. It’s an important lesson that I’m only just putting into practice myself. I think a part of me will always feel restless, so I need to reign it in to be satisfied with my life. After all, we live in a society that gives us the message that ‘more’ will make us happy. More stuff that we don’t need, more friends, more money. So I’m taking this opportunity to say no – less is more!

Take the time to think about what you already know, slow yourself down and sit with it for a while. I never really realised this before but the search is exhausting. It inhabits a large part of your mind and attention, so it feels great to just let it go. I’ve got my plan now, and although it’s hard and takes effort to put it into practice, that’s what makes it so worthwhile.

“Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.” Oprah Winfrey

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