Understand your Anxiety
Anxiety is can be felt in a number of ways, causing an uneasy feeling within you; feels like someone’s jumped out of nowhere to scare you; at that moment you feel worried, anxious, scared and unsure of what’s going to happen. Everyone experiences anxiety in some way at some point in their life. It becomes an issue when it starts to interfere with your life. The good thing to know is, you can do something about this. There is an assumption we make when it comes to anxiety – a belief we hold that in most circumstances wouldn’t happen. This belief and the fact that we believe it can cause you to start panicking, start thinking the worst case scenario is going to happen, which leaves you feeling like you can’t do anything to prevent it. This is a circle of situations/beliefs this continues to go around and around and the more it goes around it gets worse.
Tips on dealing with your Anxiety
Exercise helps with stress as well as anxiety. There have been several newspapers which have attributed articles to new research which claims 20 minutes of exercise can have a positive impact on psychological distress. Exercising which can include cleaning, gardening, walking can help you combat anxiety. Try going for a 20-minute walk one a week as a start and then increase this – work at your own pace
This sounds obvious but we as human beings don’t relax enough! We get caught up in our lives with family, work, friends amongst other things and we forget to take time out to relax. Meditation is a great way of relaxing, there are many youtube videos you can watch and follow. If this isn’t something that works for you, think of something you enjoy doing – could be cooking and pretending your working with Gordon Ramsey (as I do occasionally) or you may want to try something new – go for it!
Cut down on smoking and drinking
Smoking can make your anxiety worse, smoking raises your blood pressure and can increase stress as well. You may feel better for 5 minutes after smoking but this isn’t helping your body nor will the feeling last. Drinking can become a ‘solution’ for some to numb the feelings however like smoking this is a short-lived feeling, the real cause of the issue is still there and needs to be dealt with. There are many self-help guides online, there are Counsellors who can also help.
Understand your anxiety
You’ve probably heard the saying ‘burying your head in the sand’ – this may help in the short term but because the root cause of the issue isn’t dealt with; it always manages to creep back into your life. There’s a reason for your anxiety, something that’s happened which has been the starting point of your anxiety. If you can begin to understand where it all started, what happened; the effect on you as well as understanding what you started to believe because of it – you can understand your anxiety and also change the circumstances so the anxiety no longer plays havoc on your life.
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