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Are You Running Away From Something or Moving Towards Something?

 

Are You Running Away From Something or Moving Towards Something?

 

When we worry about something, we are focusing all of our mental energy on something in life we don’t like (something we want to get away from). This can sometimes be helpful when there is something we can do to change things, but more often than not, worrying is a waste of time. And if we’re not careful, we can spend so much time thinking about the things in life we don’t like (what we want to get away from) that we forget to devote time to the things in life we do like (what we want to move towards).

 

Here are some signs you’re spending too much energy on trying to get away from things:

  • Constantly avoiding situations that trigger uncomfortable emotions like guilt and anxiety

  • Quitting things you really want to do because they make you feel an uncomfortable emotion

  • Constantly distracting your mind with television and the internet

  • Not leaving the house

  • Getting stuck in your head, reviewing all the things you’re worried about

  • Procrastinating

  • Always thinking about the negative (thinking about the one thing that went wrong today rather than the 3 things that went well)

  • Focusing on the people in your life who bring you pain rather than those who bring you joy

  • Constantly scanning the world for danger and threats (scanning the front page of every newspaper you pass, obsessively checking internet news)

  • Focusing on the parts of yourself (an aspect of your appearance or personality for example) that you don’t like

  • Trying to control your thoughts and feelings (to 'get rid of' the thoughts and feelings you don't like)

 

If you feel like you’re stuck in a pattern of running away, there is hope. Check out the next page for a few tips to get you started…

 

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