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Feeling anxious? Fiann Ó Nualláin has some Irish proverbs to offer calm in a hectic world

52 Proverbs to Build Resilience against anxiety and Panic|Fiann Ó’Nualláin|Mercier Press|€14.99

If you’re feeling anxious, try these five proverbs from Fiann Ó Nualláin’s new book

Fiann Ó Nualláin brings the ancient wisdom of Irish proverbs to life with the help of modern techniques like mindfulness, positive psychology, and cognitive behavioral therapy. In this practical self-help book, you’ll find 52 proverbs that speak directly to the worries and stresses of modern life.

The Veteran in a New Field (1865) by Winslow Homer. Original from The MET museum. Digitally enhanced by rawpixel.

Ní dhéanfaidh smaoineamh an treabhadh duit

You’ll never plough a field by turning it over in your mind.  

Over-pondering, rumination and procrastination are the enemies of success, they are also the pitfall of anxiety. 

Is deacair giorria a chur as tor nach bhfuil sé ann

It is hard to drive a hare out of a bush in which he is not. 

Be alert to what is actually going on in your life, don’t waste your energies on misguided or unhelpful tasks, save that energy to fuel a more focused and meaningful life.

A Hare in the Forest (1585) painting in high resolution by Hans Hoffmann. Original from Getty Museum. Digitally enhanced by rawpixel.

Ná bris do loirgín ar stól nach bhfuil i do shlí

Do not break your shin on a stool that is not in your way. 

Life is hard enough already without stumbling into unnecessary problems. Don’t over complicate—rather, simplify. 

Simplify definition, vintage ripped dictionary word. Image from raw pixel.

Ní bheidh sé ag fearthainn i gcónaí

It won’t always be raining. 

The call to hang on, to not just be optimistic but to know that better times exist and are even on the way.

East Hampton Beach, Long Island (1874) by Winslow Homer. Original from The National Gallery of Art. Digitally enhanced by rawpixel.

Is iomaí cor sa tsaol

There is many a twist in life. 

Life is a journey; it is never straightforward but that’s the way, if not even the charm of it.

Photo credit: Ruth McKee

Fiann Ó Nualláin has been involved in outreach therapy and social and therapeutic horticulture for over two decades. He is the author of the popular The Holistic Gardener series, the bestselling mindfulness manual By Time is Everything Revealed and the American horticultural therapy book Seeds of Mindfulness. He is a regular contributor to televised wellness segments on Ireland AM and The Today Show and is often invited to participate in radio panel discussions on various health and wellness topics.