By David Mellinger, MSW, BCD
Anxiety fills people’s minds with repetitive negative thoughts- even predatory worries – entwined with tension and fear. Even as we’re caught in the throes of angst, our values and yearnings often keep flashing through our minds. Despite our awareness that our thoughts are irrational and distorted and our feelings disturbed, at times we can’t seem to right them. Still, many of us who are stuck in negative thinking can learn to ride out the waves of nervous energy. We can remain focused on what we value and hold dear, while instilling and sustaining the awareness that it’s worthwhile to harness this energy to press ahead, regardless of doubt and dread.