Health & Happiness: Learning to let go
The transition from winter to spring often includes more changes in the weather. As much as people try to predict the weather it remains something that we can’t control. Focusing on the things we don’t have control over often leads to more stress and anxiety.
It can feel exhausting worrying about all of the possible things that could go wrong. It might snow next week, but we won’t know for sure until it happens. Instead of worrying about the “what ifs” try to focus on the present. You may not have enough information to make a decision yet.
Practicing mindfulness can help us to focus on the present moment. When you notice yourself worrying about things in the future, gently bring your attention back to what you are doing today.
We can also learn to shift our focus to the areas in our lives where we do have control. You may decide to change your plans ahead of time instead of waiting to see if it will snow. For example, you could schedule a time to talk with a friend over the phone, instead of meeting in person. Or you could reschedule the in-person meeting for a later date. Think about the options you do have.
Want some support to help put these practices into action? Counseling can help you notice where you have opportunities to change, and provide support as you learn to accept the things you can’t control.
Camille Keith, MS, NCC is an LPC Intern under the supervision of Tara Sanderson PsyD, and provides individual counseling to help you clarify your values and maintain your sense of self in relationships. For more information, call (971) 295-1547 or visit camillekeith.com