Reducing Anxiety Through “Staying Present”

In my last post I spoke about my recovery from depersonalization and what a difficult journey that has been. One of the problems I have — and this was diagnosed years ago as well — is my mind often is full of random information, so whereas you may see a rose and think, “Wow, that’s a beautiful rose”, my mind starts going through different random thought-pathways like, “What type of rose is that?” and “If the wind were to blow really hard all the sudden, what would happen to that rose?” and “How difficult would it be to grow that rose at home?” and then those thoughts take on several thought-pathways of their own, and soon, my mind is super-busy processing a million different thoughts.  The thoughts unfold like a flower blooming.

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Lesson from the Quakes: Three Things I Definitely Cannot Live Without

This week, with the second anniversary of the devastating 22 February 2011 Christchurch earthquake yesterday, I’ll be blogging about several issues relevant to our situation here in Christchurch and natural disasters in general.

The earthquakes our region has been experiencing have damaged, sometimes severely, our water supply.  This includes wells, waste water systems, sewage systems, fresh water pipes, and so on.

You don’t know how much you appreciate indoor plumbing and water supply until you can’t use it.

This has taught me that there are three things I definitely cannot live without:

  • A warm shower or bath
  • A sink to wash my hands at or to drink water from
  • A flushing toilet!