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Tuesday, 12 May 2015

Using a Dropbox to Release Worry, Fear and Anxiety


Ever thought of using a Dropbox to help with anxiety, worry or fear?  Before you all rush off to your laptops and sign up for this service - although who wouldn’t want a place to stash a gazillion photos, doc, videos and files and have instant access? - I’m not referring to the technical Dropbox.  I’m talking about a physical one – a jar, shoebox, or even an envelope, where you can drop off your worries.

I know some of my friends use a gratitude jar.  To use this, they jot down anything they are grateful for during that day or week.  The idea is to empty the jar at the end of the year and have a host of happy and grateful memories to remind yourself of how blessed you are.

The drop off box works in a similar way.  Had a bad day? Jot down why it was bad, who upset you and how you feel about it.  Screw up the piece of paper and drop it in the jar.  Add every worry, fear or anxious thought you have into it.

At the end of each month - or week if it’s been a tough one - take great pleasure in emptying the contents into your rubbish bin, or recycling bag.  If you are feeling especially snarly – you can burn it! 

When my marriage ended, I wrote my ex-husband a long letter explaining how all the things he had done to me had made me feel.  I poured everything I had held in over seven years onto the page.  No-one other than me ever read it.  I burnt it in my chiminea as soon as I’d finished writing, and I watched the sheets of paper disappear in a puff of smoke and ash, along with my anxiety.  This ‘stuff’ had been eating away at me for years, and I was so relieved to be able to drop it off and feel weightless again. 

N.B.: Please adhere to fire safety if you choose to burn your paper – you don’t want to ADD to your stress and anxiety by burning down your house or injuring yourself.

At the moment I am in limbo with an undiagnosed health issue, this is causing me to feel anxious and frustrated, and it was the main reason for creating my Dropbox.  When I explained to my children what I was doing, my daughter grabbed the notebook, scribbled a little note and dropped it in the jar.  ‘That’s great,’ she said, ‘I had a REALLY bad day at school, and now I feel much better.’

Have a go at getting creative and make your own Dropbox, or use an old Tupperware box, an envelope or a shoe box – whatever you have to hand will work.

For my Dropbox, I used an empty coffee jar and soaked off the label. I then decopatched the outside to make it look bright and cheerful (after all, it’s a good thing to release your stress).  I tied a bow on the top because I have brief moments of being a girly girl and then it was ready to go.
 

 

Here’s to a stress-free life, an anxiety-free zone and a reason to have more BBQ’s this summer – got to love the hot coals after the food is cooked, great for burning your negative thoughts!
 
How do you release your stress and anxiety? Share it with us in the comments below. 

7 comments:

  1. What a wonderful idea. Today I released it by crying! And I was trying to think of a suitable power word. I'm afraid on this occasion I had to is last week's word. Anyway I'm calm now and wondering what all the fuss was about! Maybe I'm pre-menopausal! Arghhh.....ha ha ha!!

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    1. Oh Gloria I'm sorry to hear you felt low, and I'm glad you are feeling calm again. You answered your own question about the power word - release! X

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  2. So sorry to hear about your worry Shelley and hope it will soon be resolved. There's nothing worse than uncertainty.
    The Dropbox is a fabulous idea. Writing things down is always a good release anyway isn't it?
    Wish you well really soon xx

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    1. Thanks Sue, what doesn't kill you can only make you stronger eh! lol. Glad you liked the Dropbox idea, it's getting well used ;-)

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  3. This is a great idea. I've often heard that we should tie a metaphorical balloon to our cares and let them float away, but this practical suggestion is much more to my liking. I love the idea of jumping up and down and my troubles.

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    1. Thanks Julia, I've used the balloon metaphor quite a few times myself. It works when it's a little issue, but I also needed something a little more practical. The Dropbox idea seems to do the trick! I love jumping up and down on the spot, it is a fantastic way to release anger x

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  4. Love this so much, my anxiety takes over so often, but this could be revolutionary!

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