The single most powerful, liberating thing any one of us can do is choose to believe that everything is here to help us.
Recognize that there’s a correlation between worry and creativity. It’s the most basic aspect of human evolution—the more we fear something, the more creative we are in creating solutions to adapt to the alternative. See your fears as catalysts for bettering your life, not as you being condemned to suffering.
Accept that irrational thoughts, much like anxiety, or sadness, or anything else, will always be a part of your life. They aren’t going anywhere. Experiencing them isn’t a sign that you’ve backtracked or that you’re off-path or that something’s desperately wrong, per se.
Expand your perceptions. If you’re uncomfortable, you’re being pushed to think beyond what you’ve known. You’re being called to see yourself in a new way. Open yourself to possibilities you normally wouldn’t consider, or layers of yourself you’ve yet to see.
Stop gauging how bad things are by how much you panic, and start by gauging what your emotional homeostasis is.
Ask yourself the following questions when a thought upsets you: “Is this true? Can I absolutely know this is true?” Most of the time, the answer will be “no” to one or both.
Fire can burn your house down, or it can cook you dinner each night and keep you warm in the winter. Your mind is the same way.