Tip #73: Next time you feel anxious about something, look at the bigger picture.
The why: When you have anxiety, even the seemingly smallest problem can escalate into a mountain of worry and stress.
Thinking over things we over think.
A method I have found useful is that whenever I begin to overthink I imagine the whole universe, I zoom out and, cliche as it sounds, I look up to the huge scale of the world and suddenly my problems seem so small and far away.
For instance, walking to the train station from university last week I began to feel short of breath, my head felt foggy and heavy, and my palms began to sweat like small fountains hand grown under my skin.
It was dark, and so I turned my head upwards and imagined all the amazing things and phenomenal phenomena that were currently taking place in the vast expanse of space.
This is the street I was walking down.
This is my home city, London.
This is my country, the United Kingdom
This is our planet, Earth
This is our solar system
This is our galaxy, the Milky Way.
Home to 100 billion stars, of which our sun is just one.
This is our local super cluster, Virgo
10 million light years across, made up of 45,000 galaxies and containing an uncountable amount of stars and planets, the Virgo supercluster is one of ten observable superclusters in the universe.
This is a snapshot of our universe
There are an estimated 10 trillion galaxies in our universe. That’s 10000000000000. That’s huge.
And this is just a mere drop in the ocean of the whole shabang
See how brightly it is shining? That may be because there are an estimated 1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 stars in the universe.
When you think about the sheer scale and magnitude of everything it puts things in perspective. Right now entire worlds are being created and destroyed, stars are exploding, it’s raining diamonds on a distant Earth, there’s an entire planet made of gold, quantum particles are buzzing in and out of existence. Everything that can happen is happening somewhere at this very moment.
Our existence is an impossible and wonderful thing.
Next time you’re feeling anxious, look upwards, not inwards.