Anxiety

Mum had not returned my call since the last time she had hurriedly told me she will call me back and dropped the call. I waited and waited, but still, she didn’t call. Two hours later and I had started to worry. Where was she and why hadn’t she returned my call till now? I tried to call her again. After calling several times with no answer, I decided to call my siblings. Has anyone heard from mum? I’ve been trying to reach her all day and she hasn’t been picking. What could be wrong with her phone?
Five hours later and mum hadn’t still returned my calls. I became pensive. I couldn’t concentrate anymore at my desk. What is going on? She hadn’t returned any of my siblings’ calls either. This was very unlike my mum. By this time, my anxiety had peaked. Something was definitely wrong I thought. I was going home straight from the office to check on her. I called one of our neighbours to please check on her. She called me back to tell me that nobody responded to the doorbell. Fear gripped me instantly. As I drove down the winding route to the house, having worked myself up adequately, playing out all possible what-could-go-wrong scenes in my head, I heard my phone beep. It was my mum. She was apologizing that she forgot her phone in the house as she set out. Totally oblivious of what she had put me through mentally. She explained that she went to visit her sick friend and had spent most part of the day there. Then later proceeded to church for a meeting with the pastor’s wife before returning home. I was livid. All this while I had been worried for nothing?
Oftentimes, this exact same scenario plays out in other areas of our lives. We become anxious about the future and things that we can’t really control. We incur unnecessary health challenges by worrying, even though we know this is unhealthy practice. If only we could learn to breathe a little. Worry less. Hope against hope. Maybe life would be easier. Because I have realized that we do not actually solve any problem by worrying. The problem however is that, we even fail to remember this vital point at the time of anxiety.

28 thoughts on “Anxiety

  • August 11, 2019 at 1:07 pm
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    My Mom would leave 12 missed calls,and when I try to reach her she won’t pick. I don’t even panic,she probably wants me to close her windows…

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  • August 11, 2019 at 3:27 pm
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    Definitely life come with different challenges.. Yes as a human we have to worry at times but not every time sha..thanks for de lesson

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    • August 11, 2019 at 6:50 pm
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      True talk Honey. Thank you

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  • August 11, 2019 at 3:34 pm
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    Quite true… Worrying adds to our problems. cause if you look deeper there is actually nothing to worry about and your worrying will not make things any better.

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    • August 11, 2019 at 6:51 pm
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      I hope we learn this fact. Thank you Bless for your contribution

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  • August 11, 2019 at 4:06 pm
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    Where can I find the reaction button ooo? I want to react.

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    • August 11, 2019 at 6:51 pm
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      Type your reaction. Hehehe

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  • August 11, 2019 at 4:16 pm
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    Personally I never worry about things of this sort. Esp with regards to the subject matter, parents. Its so bad in my case that I think it could be safe to say a little worry would not hurt you. I am not fund on keeping tabs or checking up on you and all that stuff. Except I need something or want something done. And that one where be say I go dey road, travelling maybe and I would get calls countlessly as if to say something happen now that call go save me. Make I reach where I dey go then I will call you and let you know I have arrived and if something drastic happens in between I would be the one to call u with a heads up. Ppl will call you on a bus from Akwa ibom to Bauchi so much that by the time you get to Bauchi your phone is dead from mini calls now if its an unknown destination to me I can’t even call for guidance Koz I have been been busy talking on the phone with ppl behind . How is the journey? Where are you ? Which route are you guys using ? Where are you guys going to stop for food ? Is the seat comfortable? Is the weather OK ? You don’t shit? Iyaaaaaaa! Half the time I no even know where we dey for this road. Then you’d have ppl asking you while they are on the phone “please where is this place ?’ Its Hiace Toyota bus. In my head I’d respond.
    I do not on the other hand worry about things like that. My own na. “Call mee when you get there”. And then when I do the math in my head and iTS probably time you should inform me of your location or destination and you don’t I’d still give a couple of hours then try to call or call a contact person then I can enter full flight mode. But for me it takes prcess. I really don’t worry a lot about things I cannot really control.

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    • August 11, 2019 at 6:57 pm
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      Well, for me, I love to call in as many times as I can. More for myself than the traveller. Just to be rest assured that the journey is going smoothly.
      Agreed my calls won’t do much from my location but it could give moral support. I try not to seem too detached and like I don’t care.
      I am big on regular calls. Regular communication in fact. I kuku love gist. I can’t have too much of it

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  • August 11, 2019 at 4:23 pm
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    after work my mom would leave her phone in her handbag till night. and she won’t even bother checking. sometimes i wish i could copy her style. life would be fun without these ‘distraction gadgets’, I’m not debating their usefulness though…

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    • August 11, 2019 at 6:58 pm
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      Hahaha. This old people sef
      Yes please. No debates. Their usefulness outweigh their distraction

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  • August 12, 2019 at 8:42 pm
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    The calls stuff has been a great deal……and it has been a source of trouble between me and my parents….. If you’re their only sibling, maybe only boy or girl…. Then expect higher BP. from a miss call which you may think is not necessary at that particular time.

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    • August 12, 2019 at 9:04 pm
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      I tell you o my dear

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  • August 15, 2019 at 1:38 pm
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    Nice write up, am not good with calls nor returning one. At times i see it but don’t pick.

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    • August 16, 2019 at 11:22 am
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      Hehehe. You see and don’t pick? What if it’s an emergency?

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