Just do it
19th April 2017
The title of this post makes it feels like it’s an advert for Nike. It’s not. But a non-sponsored fitness post is coming to the blog soon, so keep your eyes peeled if that’s your thing!
On a Sunday, I make time to look over my diary and plan out the up coming week. I’ll make myself a little (read: impossibly massive) to-do list including many tasks that have rolled over from the previous week.
You see, I have a bad habit of putting things off. Whether it be making a phone call, sending an email, running some errands or arranging an appointment, unless I have to do it that day at that exact moment, chances are I’ll just push it to another day.
Rather than just doing it and getting it over and done with I’ll drag it out as much as possible until it becomes a burden.
This is one of the reasons it took me 5 years to get myself new retainers made!
But I always feel better once I’ve done whatever it is I needed to do. It’s like I can actually feel the pressure being relieved. And once it’s done I can stop worrying about it. Well, most of the time I can.
This is what anxiety does to me. It stops me from taking actions that can help me to feel less anxious. It’s a vicious circle.
As I write this I can think of several phone calls I need to make, tasks I need to start, conversations I need to have, all of which are making me feel terrible because they’re constantly on my mind. I just need to rip off the plaster, as they say.
Ironically I’m also the type of person who peels off their plasters oh so slowly.
I have a journal and in that journal I have these “brain dumps” where I list out all of my worries at that present moment. 90% of the time their actions I can take to alleviate the anxiety of these problems.
At the time of writing these “brain dumps”, the issues I write down will be consuming my life and my happiness, but then a couple of months later when I re-read my old journal entries I see these issues as being so insignificant. I wonder why I worried so much at the time and why I put off taking action for so long.
It makes me realise how stupid my anxiety can be at times.
So this is a reminder to myself. Just do it. That phone call you need to make won’t be as bad as you think it will. That task you need to start could have an amazing outcome. The pain from that conversation you need to have will only be temporary.
“This too shall pass.”