3 Effective Ways To Deal With Anxiety: Beat Stress & Anxious Thoughts
Follow these simple self-care techniques proven to help ease anxiety and lead a healthier and happier life - it’s time to show your anxiety, whose boss.
More people may suffer from anxiety than you realise. Everyone struggles with some form of stress and anxious thoughts, but to some, these thoughts manifest into overwhelming emotions that can take control of your life.
If you are someone struggling with anxiety, then you have probably read a few articles on how to deal with it. The thing is, none of this advice matters unless you put these techniques into action.
You are the one who has to take the first step to live a healthier and happier life. No one can do that for you.
So, if you are ready for it, let’s take the first step to beat your anxiety…
What is anxiety?
Before we get into the techniques to deal with anxiety, let’s first define what this mental health issue is…
Anxiety is a normal emotion. We often feel it when we start a new job, write a test or move to a new city or home.
This kind of anxiety actually helps us to work harder and push ourselves to get the job done. It does not interfere with our daily lives or consumes the majority of our thoughts.
When you have an anxiety disorder (there is a number of different types of anxiety disorders), then these fearful feelings can become intense and all-consuming. Anxiety disorders stop you from enjoying everyday things. Your chest gets tight. You feel this overwhelming sense of panic and shortness of breath.
If you are someone struggling with this, then it’s time to take control of your thoughts and put your mental and physical wellbeing first…
How to deal with anxiety the right way
1. Talk to a professional
Put your pride aside and chat with a mental health professional.
If you suffer from chronic stress and anxiety and you feel as though this is taking a toll on your life and your happiness, then it’s time you spoke to someone about it.
When you’re sick, you make an appointment to see your doctor.
So, why should this be any different when you feel emotionally or mentally unwell?
Talking to a therapist or psychologist is a great and effective way to find the underlying issues that are causing your anxiety. There may be deep-seated psychological problems you are carrying with you that you have never dealt with.
Research mental health professionals in your area or ask on a Facebook community group about good therapists near you, and book an appointment (like right now.)
2. Remind yourself that no one is perfect
Did you know that researchers have found that perfectionism can be toxic to our well being and can lead to issues like anxiety?
You need to ease some of the pressure you put on yourself to be perfect. Remind yourself that everyone makes mistakes and pay attention to the things you do well in and what you appreciate about yourself.
Write a list of the things you are grateful for and what you love about yourself. This may be difficult at first, but dig deep and think about what you are good at, what others love about you and more importantly, what YOU love and yourself.
Maybe you are good at making people laugh. Perhaps you are a great cook or great at helping people see the good in situations.
Pay close attention to the good things about yourself and focus on these attributes and appreciate them.
Grab a pen and paper and write that list!
When you wake up every morning, read it to yourself.
3. Practice deep breathing
This may sound silly at first, but deep breathing techniques are a great way to send a message to your brain and let it know that everything is okay.
Breathing deeply helps your body to relax and gives you a moment to take control of your thoughts.
The next time you start to feel you feel overwhelmed with thoughts of worry, stop yourself, stop your thoughts and take 5 deep breaths.
Here’s how to practice deep breathing:
- Close your eyes and pay attention to your breath as you breathe in and out
- Focus on only your breathing and eliminate any other thoughts
- When something else pops into your mind, tell yourself not to focus on it right now
- Place your hands on your belly, and feel your breath as it enters and leaves your body
- Imagine positive and good thoughts coming into your body as you breathe in and exhale any negative thoughts
Meditation and yoga are great ways to practice deep breathing.
Here are some extra techniques for dealing with anxiety:
● Healthy eating
● Talking to friends and loves ones about your anxiety
● Spending time in nature
We hope that some of these techniques are helpful for you and can help you lead a happier and positive life.
Remember, you deserve to be happy.
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