Friday, 16 November 2012

Living a Balanced Life: A Diagram to Deal with Anxiety

I have a copy of a diagram similar to the one below on the wall by my desk, and I find it helpful to look at every so often. I frequently find that some areas of my life are taking up all of my time, and that I need to pay more attention to other activities. Some of the points don't apply to my life, for instance I'm not religious, but I thought that I'd leave them on for others. 

If you have been struggling with anxiety or depression lately, think about how much time you dedicate to the following areas. For instance, are you working too much, or not working enough? Personally, I need to make sure that I dedicate enough time to relaxation, pleasure, and finding purpose and meaning in order to avoid burn-out. Reading is the best way for me to do this, particularly if the book is relatable to me and allows me to understand my state of mind a little better. As the name of my blog indicates, I find reading Tolstoy to be the most helpful for this. Re-reading War and Peace this summer helped me to understand the beauty around me, alongside the continual flux of human life. My life may not be the same as it used to be, but I realise that this is by no means a negative change.

On another note, I find it hardest to fulfil my required quota of social support. To the agoraphobic side of my personality, I need to assert the following:

“You cannot find peace by avoiding life.” ― Virginia Woolf

I hope that you find this useful, and that you are influenced to consider how your own life is currently mapped out. With a few tweaks and changes, your wellbeing could really benefit. 

Diagram for dealing with anxiety


2 comments:

Stephanie said...

I find your particular form of bibliotherapy very inspiring.

What a beautiful line -- "Re-reading War and Peace this summer helped me to understand the beauty around me, alongside the continual flux of human life. My life may not be the same as it used to be, but I realise that this is by no means a negative change."

Lucy said...

Dear Stephanie,

Thank you for such a lovely comment. I'm so glad to hear that you feel inspired, and I hope that you feel encouraged to pick up books (and watch films) that point you in a positive direction in life. To know that there are others feeling the same as me, and that life is certainly worth living, is a great reason why I spend so much time reading.

All the best :)