Wednesday, June 4, 2014
Argh! Here There Be Monsters!
Now I apparently have a monster.
It's just been one of those times. I have had to up the frequency of my psychologist visits due to having a pretty severe rise in my anxiety and feelings of being overwhelmed.
She might have read a new article because today I was told, "Don't feed your anxiety monster!" Evidently my anxiety monster eats my resolve to do something, like leave my apartment, and grows each time I "feed it". Rowr.
I'm supposed to picture it and think of what it wants me to do and then do the opposite.
I am a big fan of horror movies and novels. I believe I have imagined every monster available on page and seen every one on screen. Yet at first my attempts to picture my anxiety monster provided me with a familiar purple dinosaur that the kiddies love. Then I thought, "Feed me!". Of course - Audrey 2 from Little Shop of Horrors! Needless to say, both these renditions leave me chuckling.
And that's okay. When you're in the throes of a panic attack and certain of impending doom sometimes a little chuckle helps.
So when my anxiety monster is telling me to stay on the couch, don't go outside, I will not feed it and do as it says. I will go outside and enjoy the glorious day. When it tells me not to write, that it won't be any good, I will write until I can write no more.
I'm sure there will be times when I fail and the little bugger will grow fat on my doubt and insecurities. But that won't stop me from trying to put him on a diet. I think I am having more fun with this than I had intended.
But - rowr - a monster. Makes me giggle.
If you have an anxiety monster I hope you succeed in starving yours. Perhaps this visualization could help you, too.
Boy, I sure am glad she read that article.