Reading Your Signals
When writing You Are A Gardener, author #ShannaTruffini, made a real effort not to depict stress, anxiety, and sadness in this outwardly negative way, but remind gardeners that EVERY garden has weeds.
"So many books that I had read previously identify stress and anxiety as dark clouds, something heavy, a worry. Stress happens, weeds happen. It's just a natural fact."
What if instead of categorizing our emotions as good or bad, or wanted or unwanted, we used them as #signals that help us come up with solutions? Instead of being frustrated that you are feeling stressed or trying to ignore the feeling of stress, ask yourself, "Why am I feeling this way? What is this feeling of stress trying to tell me?"
Notice how your body feels. Can you figure out what caused this emotion to come up? A great example of this is when you feel that kind of jittery, butterflies, sick-to-your-stomach feeling before a big test, game, or performance.