I often think of my anxious mind as a big ball of tangled and knotted threads.
The more I have on my mind, the more tangled they become. I’m more than guilty of tugging at the strings all at the same time and expecting them all to just untangle.. But, of course, I’m only making things worse. The knots only get tighter and I lose my patience.
If you really think about it, if you had a physical ball of tangled threads, would you pull at the strings and just expect them to all fall away from each other neatly? nope.
You would focus on one thread at a time and guide it out of the mess. You would put all of your attention into one thread at a time and ease it out.
Why don’t I do this with my thoughts? It would be much better for me to look at one problem at a time and solve them in order. It ease my worries and make my ball of tangled strings smaller, lighter and a lot less daunting.
One by one, I’d feel more relaxed and I’d actually be fixing the problem.
The earlier you look at the tangle, the easier it will be to set the threads free. The more that you ignore it, the worse it will get later on. You will eventually need to detangle them.
Take a deep breath and take hold of one thread at a time. Focus on that one thread and bring it back to how it was before it got caught up in the knotted ball. That’s one thread down..
Now onto the next.
It takes time, it’s takes persistence and it takes strength. You will only set yourself up to fail if you pull at them all at once.
Work on one thread at a time and celebrate each victory. You don’t have to untangle it all in one go, it’s a tiring process!
One thread at a time
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