Some days your emotions are just a tad more sensitive, your anxiety is drumming its way through your muscles, and you’re just trying to keep putting one foot in front of the other.
In fact, you’re so focused on keeping it all together you’re not even aware that you’re getting to the edge of your stamina and will-power. That is until that proverbial last straw lands.
Suddenly you’re in a perfect storm of overwhelm, emotional exhaustion, and then your escalating anxiety turns your brain to mush.
You’re about to topple over the edge, but before that happens you grab your phone and ring up or text your safety net.
What’s or who is a safety net?
It’s a person you feel safe with, and know will be there for you when you need them – and will tell you exactly what you need to hear.
How will they know what you need to hear?
They know because you’ve told them what to say.
Here’s How Safety Net Works & How to Set One Up
It begins with you identifying a single practice that you know – with unshakeable certainty – that doing that practice will pull you back from edge of losing it, and help you re-center yourself.
It’s THE interrupt practice that works for you every time.
The second step is to ask someone you trust to help you trigger that interrupt practice when you can do it for yourself.
Once you find someone who is willing to do that for you, setting it up the safety net is easy.
You simply ask them to say to you, “I understand. This is what you need to do _________.”(Fill in the blank with your interrupt process.)
And that’s it. That’s all they need to do.
Why Setup a Safety Net
Getting caught off-guard by perfect storm of overwhelm and anxiety is frightening. You need to know there’s someone there for you.
Sometimes just knowing you can reach out to that person is all that you need in order to be able to find your own way to defusing what’s happening.
But you can’t do that unless your safety net is in place.