Are you familiar with the vague feeling of angst and anxiety that you might feel after getting a bit of bad news, or being nervous how another person will respond to a difficult situation? You try to live your life as usual, but something in the background doesn’t feel right. What do you do?
Recently I had this problem. And I watched myself deal with the unease. I saw myself look for distraction on social media. I felt the urge to play a video game (urge resisted). I found myself in a yarn store browsing (aka, retail therapy) but managed to buy nothing. I knitted, which calm me enough to think, “I should write about this.” And then I sat down to write, which is another way I offload tension.
But I learned a new way to cope today. As I walked down the street I wished for the people around me – strangers, all – to have happiness, peace and love. I do this sometimes anyway, but today I noticed that wishing others peace made me feel more peaceful as well.
I offer this suggestion, with the hope it might help you some day.