How You Can Flip the Switch On Anxiety By Helping Others

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Jim Dodson: Hi, it's Jim Dodson, The Florida Bike Guy. I wanna just relate something that happened in my life recently, sort of kind of caused by this whole pandemic issue. And kind of how I flipped the switch on what I was going through and I think it might be helpful for someone listening to this video.

So I've been pretty much at peace. I've talked about being at peace and trying to not focus on the news, and focus on what I can control in my life and in our practice and our relationship with our kids and grandkids, and all that. Until one night last week when at four in the morning, nothing good happens at four in the morning when you wake up. You know, I had this sense of anxiety and it was terrible. Like this dark cloud sorta came over my life. And I sat there and fought that a little bit as I lay in bed. And you know, what happened is while that was going on, I sorta flipped the switch on the whole thinking when I started thinking about what I could do to help someone else. And I started developing some thoughts on how I can reach out and help people through various things that we're involved in. But what I found, and I was kind of amazed, is that all of that anxiety went away. And it hasn't returned.

You know, one of the things I've talked about this in some other videos that one of the things we're finding through all of this pandemic issue is that people are responding with kindness. People are responding to each other by telephoning one another to stay connected. People are responding to the need of our neighbor's around us by giving and serving. And there's an entire kind of shifting of our focus from, not that we're all self-centered, but we do tend to focus on our own needs first. And we're finding this transition, one of the great by-products if there is one of this pandemic, is that we're looking about what we can do to help other people. We have a great need all around us. We have to step forward and help one another if we're gonna make it through this. I did a message on that yesterday and I've written about it in the club newsletters. But if we can make this switch in our minds from me, us, my needs, to the needs of those around me, what I can do, how I can serve, how I can help, we're gonna find peace and we're gonna find, quite frankly, meaning in trying to put some sense into this whole crazy experience we're going through right now.

So I'd encourage you, if you're listening to this and have any of these things that I've gone through, and I really kinda thought I was immune from this, quite frankly, but life has a way of showing us that we're really not immune to the things we think we ought to be. And when we can become other-focused, how I can help, how I can serve, there is a crying need in our community all around us. And it's waiting for us to step up and fill that need. Each of us have something that we can do. Each of us have something we're called to help someone do, to lift someone up, to encourage someone, to give to someone. If you have the ability to buy a $20 gift card, or a hundred dollar gift card, now is the time to step forward and find the place where that need can be met. And you'll find, as I have found, that that focus on others will help you return to that place of peace that we always all want to be in. And since we're all in this together, it's amazing what we can do when we all pull in the same direction.

So, I hope you find this helpful. I'd love to hear from you if there's a topic you'd like me to talk about, if you have a story of something that's touched you, or something you've heard about in the life of someone else that's been meaningful to you, shoot me an email: I'd love to put it on the air. I look forward to talking to you the next time. Until then, be safe and I appreciate you listening. Take care, bye.

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A Florida injury lawyer, family man and avid cyclist who clients have trusted for over 25 years.