One can think of depression and anxiety as two ends of a spectrum. Depression often involves ruminating on things that have happened in the past. Anxiety often involves worrying about the future where something might happen.
Being present by definition means you are not living in the past or the future. This is the space of mindfulness, being aware of the present moment and the contents of your mind without being swept away in thought.
(I’m not sure who to attribute this to, but it is not an original thought).
- Awareness is key to being present
- The rate of depressive symptoms in US adults quadrupled during the pandemic
- Stress and anxiety are cumulative
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I’m an optimist with anxiety—constantly fretting about the future, but optimistic that it will work out fine. This neatly sums up how I feel most days.