Driving home yesterday, I was on the phone with a friend who was super stressed out. In the middle of our conversation, I paused and asked her if she was outside. “I am,” she said.
“Can you see the clouds?” I said. “Yes! They look like cotton candy!” “They are so beautiful. I am loving this view!” “Me too!”
For just a minute, we left her stress and noticed the good in the sky. We then returned to discussing the stressful subject and ended up finding a way to laugh at the situation.
One great way to reduce anxiety is to look for the light in the darkness.
Last week my brother-in-law was in a scary situation. He was fighting pneumonia and on a ventilator. We were all very concerned for him, but in the middle of the hardest moments, I couldn’t help but notice the good:
Anxiety often makes us focus on the negative possible outcomes.
Being intentional to look for the good can help shift us toward the positive and away from despair and fear.
Create a ‘Notice the Good’ list on your phone. The next time you feel anxious, practice looking for the good and add to the list.