Imagine a world in which you can cope with anything – in which you wake up every day confident that you can tackle whatever the world throws your way.
It’s not a pipe dream – it’s absolutely possible, but only if you take active steps to learn how to deal with anxiety before it strikes. To help you take action and finally regain control of your life, here are five simple strategies to deal with anxiety.
1. Outline and Take Action
One of the main reasons we feel anxious constantly is because there are so many sources of anxiety in life and yet we ignore many of them. We assume they are part of our lives and cannot be changed – things like our jobs or worries we have at home.
Write down each of the things in your life that create anxiety and stress. This list allows you to better understand the source of your problems, and more importantly, learn how to deal with anxiety in a healthy way.
2. Set Aside a Specific Time to Relax
Every night, sit down for 1 hour and do something that helps you relax. What that is will vary for each person but the time spent is important.
More importantly, do it in a place that removes you from potential sources of stress. Go to the garage or basement or, if necessary, leave the house and do something that allows you to relax.
3. Worry Time
Worrying constantly is one of the main reasons anxiety gets such a firm foothold in your life. To stop this from happening, set aside a 30 minute time period each day to “worry”.
This can be a specific time of the day during which you analyze your concerns and brainstorm possible solutions, or it can be a time during which you simply sit and worry.
The key is that you confine your worries to a 30 minute period and no more.
4. Recognize When You Don’t Have Control
If you cannot control something, don’t worry about it. Much easier said than done of course, but the simple act of recognizing when you lack
control over a situation can have a profound effect on how you feel about it.
5. Take Care of Your Body
Anxiety is an emotional manifestation of both physical and psychological stressors. So, why tackle only the psychological sources? Eat better, exercise daily and use physical activity as a conduit for your worry. You’ll feel better and reduce anxiety.
Anxiety isn’t a meaningless response to silly thoughts; a lot of the time, there are very real things in life that deserve your undivided attention, but when those thoughts get out of control, it can have a very negative impact on your life.
Negative thinking, repeated stress, and neglect of your personal needs can amplify anxiety many times over. By stepping back, creating time in which to worry and maintaining control over your thoughts, you don’t let this happen.