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You Are In Control, Not Your Anxiety

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Thankfully, the issue of mental health is at the forefront of people’s minds. Not that long ago, the issue of mental health was a tabooed subject. It was something people had to deal with in silence but, while huge progress is being made in this area, we aren’t quite there yet.

So many people still struggle with mental health issues, such as anxiety, and don’t know where to turn to for help, or how to ease the feelings of anxiety.

As such, we have compiled a list of tools and techniques you can use to effectively manage your feelings of anxiety. They may not work instantly but, hopefully over time they, they can help you control the symptoms before they become unbearable.

Question Your Anxiety Head On

When someone is anxious, their brain starts throwing up all sorts of farfetched - but horrible - thoughts and ideas. It may be that these are wholly unlikely and wholly unrealistic, but they play on a person’s already anxious state, and that makes it hard for them to differentiate between the real and unlikely. As such, you should try and question your anxious thoughts. Ask yourself a series of questions, such as is the worry realistic, are the outcomes likely to happen, what is the worst case scenario, could you handle that, is it really true or just an illusion, and how can you prepare. Just remember, it is manageable. Once you realize that, you will be able to manage your thoughts better.

Seek Professional Help

This is one of the toughest steps that anyone can take, which is partly because it involves accepting you have anxiety and partly because talking to people about it feels impossible. However, giving that internal pressure an out is critical to your well-being. As such, we recommend you try conversing, either with psychologists or counselors. They will be able to help you better understand your anxiety, what the root of the cause is, what triggers it and how you can better manage it day to day.

Meditation Is All About Visualising

The more you can get into meditation, and the more you can practice the art of visualization, the easier it will be to access this calming peace when you need it most. It could be that you have a happy place or image you can think about deeply, perhaps somewhere you used to visit as a kid. Where doesn’t matter, so long as it matters to you? Then it is about visualizing as much of the detail as possible, the little things, the wind on your face, the clouds, the sounds of the river and the birds. The more detail you consider, the easier it will be to shut out your anxiety. This works because it shuts out the noise of judgment and replaces it with calming information.

Don’t Let Anxiety Win

Anxiety feeds off a person’s negativity and surrender. As such, it is imperative that anyone suffering from anxiety gets busy with life. The more you can do to prove your anxiety wrong, the better. It could be that you need to pop to the laundrette, but your anxiety is scared of public places. In that case, fight for the right to go. The same goes for dinner parties, cinema outings or whatever. The worst thing you can do is to sit around and obsess over the way your feel. But tackling your anxiety head on, as hard as it can be, will see you start to manage it far more effectively. 
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