My preferred lender, Starling Nowell, shot me this message and I just HAD to pass it along! Read up about it below! ~ Libby
We live in a stressful world. According to mental health authorities, anxiety is one of the greatest problems for modern humans-with diagnosable anxiety disorders affecting over 44 million Americans. Even those who don't suffer acute symptoms are still handling "above the line" anxiety just from navigating the normal day-to-day pressures of life.
A surprising side effect of all this anxiety is that it can actually reduce our experience of being "lucky" on a regular basis. Many people don't believe in luck, but there is a feeling associated with serendipity, surprising opportunities that show up exactly at the moment we are prepared to act on them, and other forms of synchronicity. That's what I'm talking about.
Richard Wiseman, a researcher with University of Hertfordshire, U.K., says that those who consider themselves "lucky" tend to be more open to new experiences and more aware of their surroundings, which allows them to see opportunities that others miss.
Whereas, anxiety pushes people to zoom in on a perceived threat and often blinds them to the bigger picture. In other words, their minds become closed to many of the available options or other information that might help them take more productive actions in the moment.
I have heard it said that "luck is when preparedness meets opportunity"-but if my mind is closed by pressure and anxiety, I am unlikely to even see the opportunities when they show up, no matter how well-prepared I might be.
So research tells us that finding ways to truly relax-even in a hectic world-can raise our experience of feeling like life is handing us good thing after good thing.
It can often feel impractical to stop and take a mental health break when the schedule is packed with highly urgent, highly important things to do-but scientific research is now telling us that this is not a matter of being indulgent with ourselves; engaging in relaxation can measurably improve our success over time!
Top relaxation suggestions:
- Nature walks
- Mindfulness or meditation practices (can be as simple as devoting ten minutes to listen to peaceful music with no distractions)
- Real conversation with a close friend
It might seem hard to find time for any of these, but we are learning that making space in our lives for these things can actually improve success and lower anxiety. It's a worthy investment rather than a guilty pleasure because we get more of what we really need and less of what makes life harder than it needs to be.
Also, research is discovering that it might require as little as 20-30 minutes per day for intentional relaxation to make a big difference! When they put it that way, feeling better and enjoying more "luck" might not be that hard to accomplish.
Do you have any favorite deep relaxation techniques that I didn't mention?
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