For the Next 10 Minutes

Happy Monday! I’m glad that it’s Monday. I was sick ALL weekend. Which meant a corporate retreat, meeting with a friend, and all social plans were canceled. I also took last week off from blog writing and publishing, which helped with personal life events.

Today’s post is about anxiety, while also tying in a favorite song from The Last Five Years Musical. As always, you can follow me here on WordPress, or via Twitter (@DanielleSully19, Twitter handle).


Last week, I finished my final counseling session with who I was seeing. Next month, I’ll be continuing counseling (for FREE) at the University I’ll be returning to. Over the past year, I’ve had to pay out of pocket for counseling (at a low cost thanks to insurance). Last year, my biggest issue was depression and anxiety. Now, it’s mainly been anxiety that’s still heavy.

Last fall, I watched The Last Five Years Musical on Netflix. I heard For the Next 10 minutes, and fell in love with its romantic meaning. Fast forward to this summer, and the song took on a symbolic meaning for depression/anxiety.

Link is here for the YouTube video of the song I am referencing to!

“Will you share your life with me

For the next ten minutes?

For the next ten minutes:

We can handle that”

For the next ten minutes, what is one thing you can do to calm feelings, emitting,s and thoughts? I always implore people to start their mornings in a few minutes silence or meditation. Meditation, is something that comes in waves. One thing I’m good at, is being grateful and thankful for where I am, in this moment.

In this moment, I am writing up this blog and I have episode 22 of season one of The Twilight Zone playing in the background. My rotating box fan is cooling my room.
Okay, so life isn’t that bad. My next car payment will be automatically drafted tomorrow and I’m doing better financially today than where I was last year, or the year before that.

And taking in a deep breath and stretching my arms out, I know that everything is going to be alright. I’ll be returning to University in less than a month. I have opportunities daily to help others, to smile.

What do I want to do next, with the next 10 minutes?

I’ll just take my time with what I know I can get done today, not trying to over due my day or stress myself out about events that are going on around me.

Earlier this month, I had a mix of an anxiety/panic attack. For me, it took a little bit longer to decompose. I had to call out on two work days. I was able to realize that I just needed to take care of myself first, before trying to go do other things.

Note: Has anyone ever talked about how tiring anxiety and panic attacks are? The one from earlier this month, kept me in my apartment for a full day. I hardly ever left my bedroom. Kind of like this weekend, when I was sick.

For the next 10 minutes, observe your view of the Universe. Then, look around at other parts of the world around you. Notice all the little things going on that make today what today is. Feel stuck? You’re not a tree, move. One of my favorite quotes I remind myself weekly from Ralph Smart.

And with that, I will leave you with three universal truths:

1. Everything changes.

2. Nothing is ever what it seems.

3. Always use your heart and mind together.


What’s your best advice for working with anxiety?  Let me know in the comments below. Check out the links below to read other mental health blogs I’ve written this year, so far.  

Cheers, Danielle

 

Mental Health Part Two: Advice

The Power of Meditation

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