Inner Turmoil

I awakened with some mild cold symptoms then immediately jumped to conclusions that they must be the manifestations of Covid. I usually would not dive into worst case scenarios, but knowing people who have caught the dreaded virus has shifted my reactive consciousness. Also, generally speaking, my analytical thinking is short-circuited upon immediately awakening from sleep. This combination creates scary inner turmoil.

I have a habit of over-thinking and reacting, I blame learning this reaction on my parents, who habitually indulged their fearful feelings and almost daily complained about headaches and assorted other unpleasant physical symptoms. One of my great-aunts once said our family has a “culture of hypochondria”. Such a mindset is unhelpful when an actual malady occurs because of so many prior instances of the body crying “wolf” when there were no actual illnesses. Naturally, this knowledge further compounds the downward spiral.

At those times when worry of this sort pops up, I take a few moments to remember that very often this inner turmoil is probably in my head and that I need to take a few breaths to calm down. In today’s case, after collecting my thoughts, I swallowed an ibuprofin pill. Soon, the headache subsided and I felt renewed and relieved.

This habit of conjuring worst-case scenarios has frequently caused setbacks and toxic thinking. This is why I’ve cultivated the practice of examining scenarios from alternate perspectives. I remind myself about all the things that are going right. I remember that mom’s and dad’s catastrophic thinking never helped their situations and led to a lot of needless unhappiness. As a backup plan, if the pain or symptoms become chronic, then I can schedule a visit with my physician to get a professional opinion. These reminders alone greatly calm the mind.

It’s important to remember the more one worries and escalates worst-case scenarios that such a mindset causes harm to oneself. One must be careful about one’s obsessions so as to avoid self-fulfilling prophesies. Also, tension and anxious feelings inhibit joy and happiness. If the worries are especially stubborn, then reaching out to a friend for her or his perspective helps get me over the rough spot. Of course, I reciprocate when they need to vent and get a different opinion. Usually a third-party perspective helps lead the way out of a stubborn funk.

The takeaway is that fear blocks rational thinking. So if one allows fears to run rampant, they impede our fullest potential and sap us of our life-force. It’s more difficult to move forward in life due to distress about what might happen. Also, it’s unwise to be hard on ourselves. Negative self-talk can begin to crowd into our thinking to cause further downward spirals. When this crops up, one must remember to be objective about the harmful self-talk and give ourselves realistic, positive reinforcement regarding our positive qualities. If this approach falters, it may be best to consult a licensed professional counselor.

All things considered, once progress is made, the improvements can be reminders to bolster helpful, constructive thinking. In most cases, life isn’t as dreadful as we have been led to believe. We can take some slow, deep breaths and take comfort in remembering all the good things about life.

Ciao


The Blue Jay of Happiness quotes 20th century psychoanalyst, Silvano Arieti. “The creative person finds himself in a state of turmoil, restlessness, emptiness, and unbearable frustration unless he expresses his inner life in some creative way.”

About swabby429

An eclectic guy who likes to observe the world around him and comment about those observations.
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12 Responses to Inner Turmoil

  1. Alien Resort says:

    It’s even worse when you Google symptoms.

  2. Yernasia Quorelios says:

    πŸ’œ Well Done SupaSoulBro; as Far as I Get It, and Understand, a Virus is Fragile and Doesn’t Last Very Long in The Air EveryOne and if it Enters The Body The Virus Befriends and Strengthens Our Perfectly Operating AutoImmune Systems while Killing People who have Underlying Health Issues and Weak AutoImmune Systems (just like Vaccines), basically Survival of The Fittest, Natural Selection…it’s Crystal Clear Clarity that ALL the Pharmaceutical Propaganda of Pandemic Panic is ALL about Making Money and Next To NOTHING!!! To Do with Genuine, Authentic, Honest HealthCare; ergo, don’t Be Fooled EveryBody, the Most Virulent Exemptions, KIDS!!!, don’t have to Wear Masks, neither do Heavy Breathing Exercisers…so Get Smart, Wake Up, Smell The Coffee and Walk while Drinking along with eating a croissant, choc preferably, or coffee companion; yet another exemption from Wearing a Mask and, Please, THINK!!! Carefully before Taking a Vaccine that DOESN’T PREVENT TRANSMISSION!!!

    …πŸ’›πŸ’šπŸ’™…

    • swabby429 says:

      You are entitled to your opinions of course. I happen to have underlying medical conditions so I’ve had both injections of the vaccine. I also plan to take the booster shot when I am qualified to do so. BTW, three of my acquaintances did die of complications from Covid, and they did not have any chronic illnesses nor other pre-existing medical conditions. I believe my physician and not politically motivated pundits.

      • Yernasia Quorelios says:

        πŸ’œ …”they did not die of complications from Covid…they did not have chronic illnesses nor other pre-existing medical conditions” ergo this maybe a Contradiction-In-Terms here EveryOne; perhaps it was HIV to Full Blown AIDS which, of course, is no longer newsworthy EveryBody πŸ€” ?

        …πŸ’›πŸ’šπŸ’™…

      • Yernasia Quorelios says:

        πŸ’œ Let’s just Wait and SEE (Soulful Emotional Energy) WHO (World Health Organisation) Lives Longer, YOU!!! or I SupaSoulBro; basically I AM Definitely Confident it’s Me but if YOU!!! Win I Will Congratulate YOU!!! from Beyond The Veil…furthermore I Don’t Trust ‘Expert’ “physicians” because of Opinion; attend Three Different “physicians” and Get Three Different Opinions because that is what Diagnosis is, a Guess and then The Treatment, NOT!!! a Cure, Kills YOU!!!

        …πŸ’›πŸ’šπŸ’™…

  3. Good reminders for many situations. I’m not hypochondriac but can let my mind get the best of me at times.

  4. Yernasia Quorelios says:

    πŸ’Ž – Diamond Hard – πŸ’Ž

    πŸ’Ž If YOU!!! ARE Gonna “Trust” Any Medical ‘Expert’ “physician” EveryOne; then “Trust” YOUR!!! AutoImmune System, it’s there for A Reason

    πŸ’Ž – Diamond Hard – πŸ’Ž

    …πŸ’ŽπŸ’ŽπŸ’Ž…

  5. Yernasia Quorelios says:

    ❀ Time to split Swabby49; noone likes being censored

    …πŸ’›πŸ’šπŸ’™…

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