Worry is a normal part of life, and can even be helpful in some instances. You often worry about things that are present in your life, such as finances, work, and family and this worry has the potential to help you make good decisions. It is possible however for worry to become more confronting, emotionally than these every day worries. If you are experiencing worries that are excessive, uncontrollable or irrational and have been experiencing these worries for an extended period of time you may be suffering from anxiety. If you feel that you’re worrying is out of your control, and that you need some help understanding and dealing with it, the ways below might help you.
BREATHE: THERE ARE WAYS TO CALM YOUR ANXIETY
Knowing that feeling of your heart beating faster in response to a stressful situation? Or perhaps, instead, your palms get sweaty when you are confronted with an overwhelming task or event. That is anxiety – your body’s natural response to stress. If you haven’t recognized your triggers yet, here are a few common: your first day at a new job, meeting your partner’s family, or giving a presentation in front of a lot of people. Everyone has different triggers, and identifying them is one of the most important steps to coping and managing anxiety attacks. Identifying your triggers can take some time and self-reflection.
QUESTION YOUR THOUGHT PATTERN
Negative thoughts can take root in your mind and distort the severity of the situation. One way is to challenge your fears, ask if they are true and see where you can take back control.
TAKE A TIME-OUT
Practice yoga, listen to music, meditate, get a massage or learn relaxation techniques. Stepping back from the problem helps clear your head.
WRITE DOWN YOUR THOUGHTS
Writing down what’s making you anxious gets it out of your head and can make it less daunting. These relaxation tricks are particularly helpful for those who experience anxiety.
Getting better means gaining control over worry – a great way to keep your mind off the worry track is to focus your thoughts on things that are good, beautiful and positive. Appreciate the small, everyday blessings. Allow yourself to dream, wish and imagine the best that could happen.