Tuesday, November 24, 2015

How to cope with anxiety


Anxiety is a perfectly normal reaction to stress (and in some cases very useful to our survival!), but when you're in the midst of experiencing it, it doesn't feel all that normal.
Throughout my entire life anxiety was there,I was always worried about getting my schoolwork done well before it was due, trying as best I could to plan my day so I'd always be on schedule.
As I'm getting older I've gotten better at managing my anxiety but I still have moments where I really struggle with it.
In my case I don't have anxiety 24/7,it feels like it comes in waves,there is one part of the day when I feel great and then I feel really bad.
Holidays are coming and that can be really stressfull (gifts...cards...parties...baking...etc.)
Over the years I tried a lot of anti-anxiety remedies and today I will share them with you because they actually really helped me.

1. Talk about your problems with someone

Talking about anxiety can be tough, and it's especially tricky if you're in some sort of position where you're supposed to have everything together.
I know it's kind of hard to talk about mental health issue but honestly there is nothing wrong with that because everyone on this planet have some kind of issues.
Trust me,it feels so good when you can share something that's bothering you.
If you don't have any really close friends or you don't want to talk to your family it is totally fine to visit the therapist.
A good therapist can work wonders with an anxious mind.

2. MAKE TIME FOR A TIME-OUT

Sometimes, when my anxiety gets to be too much for me,I say okay...Let's take a break.
If you're wondering what to do,I'll tell you.
Go on your balcony and just sit down and relax,read a book,take a nap,meditate.
Those relaxing moments will make you feel a lot better,trust me.

3. ENGAGE YOUR MIND FULLY

 When your thoughts are racing, it can be a challenge to get them to focus on anything other than worrying, but there are certain activities that can really bring you fully into the moment, which is essential for combatting all of those stress-driven thoughts. There are tons of activities that prompt people to get in the flow — drawing, painting, running, etc. 
Do something that you really like and that will make you feel so much better.

4. CREATE A SOOTHING ROUTINE

"Soothing" isn't really my forte. I tend to walk fast, talk fast, move through my day quickly and that's not good.
One day I tried to slow things down !
One thing that I found really good is that at night I would turn on Youtube on my TV and I would start watching funny youtube videos.
I really like to watch BFvsGF,Alfie Deyes,Zoella,Miranda sings...
For some reason that would make me really calm.

5. CHALLENGE IT WITH GRATITUDE

As soon as you start thinking about all of the things you have to be grateful for (health, family, friends, a roof over your head, food, clean drinking water,your unique talents, every possession you own, the experiences you've had, your personal strengths, etc.), it becomes much more difficult to be anxious.I always keep that in my mind.
Just think positive and everything will be fine.

6. AVOID (STRESSFUL) PEOPLE

During anxious times, one of the worst things you can do for yourself is be around people who cause you to feel more anxious.
I remember when I was in highschool I was really anxious and there was a lot of people that were bullying me and saying really bad things to me.
So I found my group of friends that were really good to me and we just started avoiding people that we don't like.

7. MASTER THE ART OF DISTRACTION

When you're feeling super anxious, one of the best things you can do for yourself is distract your mind from negative, racing thoughts.



8. SET A DATE WITH WORRY

Anxiety often stems from ruminating about a situation that made/makes/could make you unhappy. As humans, we try to protect ourselves from harm by assessing what hasn't worked in the past and what might not work in the future, but sometimes we take all this analyzing too far and that's where anxiety comes from. One way to combat the obsessive rumination of a situation is to set up a date with your worry. Set a timer for 5-10 minutes and write down every single thing you're worried about. Don't hold back — just let it all out.Few years ago I watched a show on TLC and they were talking about anxiety.All people with anxiety wrote that about their problems,after they were finished they burned that paper and that means they can defeat all their problems easily.

9. MAKE A PHYSICAL CHANGE

I've only discovered this tactic more recently, but I find it to be really useful. When the mind is stuck in anxious-mode, one way to break the cycle can be to make a physical change.I started running with my brother every morning and that would make me feel really focused and I would stop thinking about bad stuff.You dont have to run,turn on the music and start dancing,after you're finished go take a bubble bath !

10. SEPARATE FROM YOUR THOUGHTS
Last, but definitely not least, is learning to separate yourself from your thoughts. In case you weren't aware: you are not your thoughts !!!! They are not part of the real, actual world. And, as a result, you don't have to accept them as 100% truth. For example, thinking anxious thoughts doesn't mean you are anxious. Just because you feel anxiety doesn't mean you are anxiety.YUP ! it's so simple.The more you can learn to see your thoughts as separate from yourself, the easier it becomes to gain control over them.  
Ok guys I really hope you liked this post,I know it will help you because it helped me.
Be free to comment and share.
Until next time,goodbye !

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