100 Days of Journal Prompts: Day 20

Each day, laptop and children permitting, I’ll share a prompt that’s been on my mind, and a few of my thoughts.

You are welcome to share your own perspective in the comments, or just journal it out!

What have I learned from my anxiety?

Do you ever lose it when you try to explain your feelings to someone, and they just don’t get it?

Like, the thing – whatever the thing is – is a huge deal. That much should be obvious!

And, you’re completely on point. Good catch. But, do you ever look back and think, I maaay feel differently now.

Ding ding ding!

You’re learning.

It doesn’t always happen when we wish it would, but anxiety has a way of highlighting helpful (or unhelpful) patterns.

When I exercise, I yell less. When I eat, I have more energy. When I sleep on it, I feel better in the morning. Or, I don’t, and I discover a need that isn’t being met.

My anxiety has taught me to be graceful, and to breathe. It’s taught me not to judge a book by its cover, and that no pain is insignificant. Sometimes, it puts my marriage through the wringer, but we’re learning a lot of communication skills, and we’re stronger for choosing each other, imperfections and all. And, it’s taught me to laugh. I love laughter.

How about you? What has your anxiety taught you about yourself and others?

❤ Jenny

4 thoughts on “100 Days of Journal Prompts: Day 20

  1. My anxiety often holds me back from truly experiencing life to its fullest and sometimes negatively influences how I parent. Anxiety is not my friend but an unwanted BFF stage five clinger.
    I’ve learnt that when I’m feeling extremely anxious, it’s time to slow down, reflect and journal write.

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    1. “BFF stage five clinger”. That is a very apt description. I definitely learn from my anxiety, but it’s basically the same as learning from my mistakes – it’s not always an enjoyable process. I love that idea of slowing down to reflect, though. Thanks for sharing, Kathy 🙂

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  2. I don’t experience much anxiety; I’m pretty laid back and calm. Several years ago I came to the conclusion that worrying was simply pointless and did nothing to help. “Who of you by worrying can add one cubit to his life?” (Hope I’m remembering that correctly).

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