A New Year, A New Opportunity

beautiful winter morningWelcome to the New Year! Now is the perfect time to reflect back and see what we can do to make this year the best it can be. We can discard old, destructive habits that keep us anxious and stressed, and make a firm commitment to learn new healthy ones that make us feel better.

With that in mind, I will share a list of New Year’s Daily Guidelines adapted from the original credo of Al-Anon and Dear Abby

Just for Today: I will live through this day only. I will not brood over yesterday or obsess with worry about tomorrow. I will not try overcome all my problems at once.

I know that my recovery from anxiety is a process and it takes time and repetition. That said, if today is going to be challenging for me from an anxiety perspective, I will remember that I can do something for 24 hours (or 12 hours, or 6 hours, or even 2 hours) that would overwhelm me if I had to keep it up for a lifetime.

Just for Today: I will be happy. I will remember that people are generally as happy as they make up their minds to be. Today I will not dwell on thoughts that depress me. I know that an anxious mind tends to have a lot of negative thoughts and today if I feel anxious, I will refuse to go there. Instead, I will have a positive attitude about my anxiety recovery.

Just for Today: I will accept what is. I will face reality. If I have anxiety or panic attacks, I will not make excuses or delude myself into thinking that I can’t get better. I will take steps to correct those things that I can change and accept those things that I cannot.

Just for Today: I will improve my mind. I will read something that requires effort, thought, and concentration. I will read something by the wonderful Dr. Claire Weeks. Or I will commit to learning how to do the 21-7 Technique from Panic Away. As I read about these things, I will learn more about myself.

Just for Today: I will make a conscious effort to be more agreeable. I will be kind and courteous to those who cross my path. I will not gossip about others. I will look as well as I can, remember to smile, keep my voice low, be courteous, criticize not one bit. I won’t find fault with anything, nor try to improve or regulate anybody but myself.

Just for Today: I will have a program for my anxiety recovery. I may not follow it exactly but I will have it. I will save myself from two pests: hurry and indecision.

Just for Today: I will have a quiet half hour all by myself and relax. During this half hour, sometime, I will try to get a better perspective on my life.

Just for Today: I will be unafraid. Especially I will not be afraid to enjoy what is beautiful, and to believe that as I give to the world, so the world will give to me.

And so, friends, may this new year bring you joy, good health, and much peace.

Jill G.

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2 Responses to A New Year, A New Opportunity

  1. maz says:

    Wow this rocks and just for today I will keep reading this and hope it’s stays in my mind just for tomorrow

    Thanks Jill

    Luv Maz x

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