I’m an anxious person. I have diagnosed anxiety issues. More than one. But I also am very involved in my community and politics. I can’t help it. I just need to be.
I came across this awesome comic in my FB feed that I felt was very helpful. Be sure to check out the artist’s page as well, because she has some cool resources listed there too!
Over the years I have used this tactic, and I have come up with a lot of my own. When I was in college I didn’t have a lot of money so I worked as a temp in several different call centers. At first it was torture. But I started doing things like drawing how I imagined the person I was talking to looked, or doodling scenes to hold music, or just drawing mandalas that helped to keep me calm.
On particularly stressful days I would block a chunk of time for something special out after particularly hard calls (which, if you don’t often call, just may be any calls to your Rep). I knew the call may only take a minute or two, but I would pad my schedule so that I could have a nice, luxurious, unrushed coffee after, or put on my favorite music and just dance as dorky as I wanted, or I would dress really fancy because I’m on the phone and they can’t see and it’s for me.
I’ve had coworkers and friends who prefer to knit or crochet or even do needle point while they make calls to keep their hands busy.
The point is, you are doing something that is hard for you, and you are doing it for you, but you are also doing it for your community. So if need a little dance break after take a dance break. Do something special. Reward yourself for being awesome and reaching out to our government and helping us all to live in a better place! 🙂
Good luck and happy calls!