Helpful Tips in Dealing with Anxiety
Eight Helpful Tips in Dealing with Anxiety
the feeling of fear or apprehension that is intense enough to disrupt
one's daily activities. It hits anyone at any point in their lives,
regardless of sex and age. If you suffer from anxiety and you let
anxiety overcome you, you then let stress
and unhappiness overrule you, through being paralyzed by anxiety. You
need to learn how to overcome it or at least reduce its effects. Here
are eight tips that can help you conquer anxiety:
1. Be the master of your thoughts.
Inability to control what you think strengthens your tendency for
anxiety. Anxiety gains momentum when you entertain negative thoughts.
2. Practice self-discipline and control over your
Anxiety is like taking a ride on a rollercoaster. Once you start
entertaining negative thoughts and fears, they become a mantra that
would perpetuate themselves. The best thing to do is to cut them off
right then and there. Distract yourself, divert your thoughts, or go
talk to someone and have him or her correct your fears. Most of the
time, anxious thoughts are distortions of reality. It is best to have
someone tell you the objective facts, and show you that you are
grossly exaggerating your fears. If they are valid, you can seek
reassurance of a happy outcome or have the other person suggest ways
to work around the problem/s you face.
3. Think positive.
As they say, try to think of the glass as being half-full. Thinking it
is half-empty will only result in a never-ending cycle of negative
thinking. Thoughts give birth to thoughts, and what you fill your mind
with will spill over into reality. Our mental mantras become
self-fulfilling prophecies. When we allow thoughts to perpetuate in
our minds, they burst forth into reality as, as was said,
self-fulfilling prophecies. The key is not to go "I won't think
negatively. I won't think negatively." Rather, you should force
yourself to fixate on positive thoughts. Write a list of the
things you want to be and the things you want to happen in your life,
enough that you could say every single morning within 3 minutes, to
yourself. Then every morning, when you wake up or before you leave for
work or school, say your affirmations to yourself. Example: "I am
beautiful, articulate, and I will make that sale today!" Then all
throughout the day, when you catch yourself worrying, stop in your
tracks, and force yourself to enumerate 5 things you are thankful for
today. Repeat as needed.
4. Keep yourself busy and on the go.
Never allow yourself to have idle moments. The moment you get up from
bed, keep yourself busy right away and keep moving throughout the day.
Volunteer to clean the house for the day or tell somebody that you
will do the dishes for dinner. You can also read books or magazines,
engage in exercise, or meditate; to keep yourself from
worrying/anxiety. Being idle will not solve your problems and the
moments when your mind isn't busy doing something worthwhile will only
invite more anxiety.
5. Work out a plan and try to accomplish it.
Whether it's how to improve yourself or a plan to solve the very
problem that is causing your anxieties, doing this exercise would let
you see that you can do something about your situation. This would
also help you realize that you have control over yourself. Increasing
control over your own life leads you to feel less anxious, because
anxiety is an issue of control: the lack of it.
6. Consult someone that can be trusted.
Sharing your worries with another person lightens the worries and puts
them in the proper perspective. The premise is that you talk with the
aim to lessen your anxiety.
7. Laughter is the best medicine.
Laughter can ease your burdens. Be in the company of amusing friends
or indulge in activities that can put laughter in your life, like
watching The Three Stooges.
8. If current issues make you anxious, switch off the television.
Reduce the time you spend watching news and avoid watching shows that
depress and make you more anxious before you
sleep. Though professional help is needed
in extreme cases, anxiety is manageable, if you know how to get around
it. Do follow these helpful tips and you will see your anxieties
About the Author:
Kevin Hensey speaks at business clubs and prisons on personal growth.
He has written articles regarding personal development. His website
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