Strategies for effectively dealing with anxiety
5 November 2023
Tina Viney | CEO of APAN – Aesthetics Practitioners Advisory Network
Dear Colleagues and Friends,
Have you ever asked yourself what keeps you going? What keeps you tenacious and resilient?
Is it your diet, healthy living, or exercise? Is it the motivation to achieve a dream of improving your lifestyle, or is it your passion for what you do?
I think you would agree with me that it’s more than likely a combination of all these things that keep you fueled in staying strong and overcoming your challenges.
OK, so let’s consider what deflates you, what drains your energy and what robs you of your motivation? I am sure you could think of numerous things, from events that have happened to you, selfish and thoughtless attitudes of others and financial pressures – we all dance around the good and the bad – life is never smooth sailing – not consistently, anyway.
So how do you bounce back when life hits you hard? In my experience, it all comes back to one thing – ATTITUDE! Getting up again will ultimately be determined by our “thoughts” and whether we choose to camp around our disappointments or choose to view them as just events and seek to attach our thoughts to “hope” that will propel us forward. This is good news because ultimately, we are the ones in control of our thoughts and therefore our destiny. We DO have choices in what way we want to view life. And talking of a winning attitude that will serve you well, I want to share with you an incredible, timeless poem that was written by Rudyard Kipling. Would you believe it, it was written in 1895 – over a century ago, yet its wisdom still rings true today. I often meditate on it and I am amazed how relevant it is to my life. I am reminded that human nature never changes and the wisdom of the past can also serve us well today. So here it is “If” by Rudyard Kipling. I hope it brings you encouragement as it does to me.
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With my best wishes
If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you;
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too:
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or, being lied about, don’t deal in lies,
Or being hated don’t give way to hating,
And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise;
If you can dream – and not make dreams your master;
If you can think – and not make thoughts your aim,
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same:
If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
And stoop and build’em up with worn-out tools;
If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings,
And never breathe a word about your loss:
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: “Hold on!”
If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with Kings – nor lose the common touch,
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
If all men count with you, but none too much:
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,
And – which is more – you’ll be a Man, my son!