“High Anxiety” (source: TCM)

I woke up this morning feeling anxious. The full moon eclipse and all the other planetary alignments occurring simultaneously have me on edge for no reason at all. Everything that I’m worried about is stupid and irrelevant. In a day from now, I’m going to forget all the idiotic things that had my mind racing out of control while I should have been sleeping.

I’m pretty good at calming myself down when I’m stressed out, but I know that not everyone else is capable of talking themselves down off the edge. For those of you feeling the effects of this eclipse, the simple strategy to get through this day is to simply allow yourself to become distracted. Find something to do that keeps your mind from going into places it doesn’t need to go. Also, avoid anything that makes you feel even more anxious, like caffeine or other stimulants.

If I didn’t have to work this morning, I’d probably watch “High Anxiety” since I haven’t seen it in years. That would keep me off of MSNBC and Twitter while the American election results are still far from being tabulated. Imagining Republicans making gains in this election is the source of much of my stress today. However, it’s some scheduling issues at my job that were on my mind when I should have been sleeping. After putting some thought into how to solve them rather than worrying about the worst-case scenario, the solution to my dilemma came to me in about two seconds. I was literally making a mountain out of a molehill: exactly the problem I predicted for myself in yesterday’s blog post.

So, I’m going to resolve to calm down. As the day progresses, my worries should disappear. By the time my shift is over today, I’ll be ready to laugh at my high anxiety the way I laugh when I watch “High Anxiety.”

Soon . . .

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