Here’s a self-perpetuating cycle that may be familiar to you:
The way out? Through the body.
Give up trying to distract and numb yourself. It only lands you deeper in.
Instead turn towards the experience. Understand that your anxiety, fear, shame are teaching you about the world. You cannot finish everything. You cannot know everything. This is the way of life, and you cannot change it.
There is nothing wrong with you.
And so instead turn into life. Step away from the screen, the to-do list. Run. Walk. Dance. Or sit quietly for a while feeling the simple presence of your body, your breathing, your aliveness.
And then, only when life has taken hold of you, return to your work and your commitments.
They – and what’s important – may look very different to you from here.