Whether at high or low levels we all suffer from anxiety to some degree. Some of us manage it without even realising we’re doing so, while for others it can be overwhelming often affecting our daily lives and at times escalating into panic attacks. Here are 12 simple ways to tackle it.
1. Take Action
Anxiety is worse if you feel helpless. That's why it's important to take an active approach. Brooding on a problem, without taking action, will only make it worse. It doesn't matter how small the action is, simply doing something about the problem will instantly make you feel more positive. This could be something as simple as making a phone-call, devising a plan, or writing a note of apology to someone you've had an argument with. The point is, physically taking that first step to solving the problem, will make you feel more in control.
2. Take It One Day At A Time
Break your worries down into manageable steps. If you have money worries for example, work out a plan to sort things out, bit by bit. You're only human, and it may be impossible to solve everything at once. Concentrate on today's problems today, and leave tomorrow's problems for another time. Very often future problems sort themselves out without us having to do anything.
3. Positive Thinking
It's often our own negative thinking, and lack of faith in ourselves, that makes problems seem insurmountable. Tell yourself how capable and strong you are, and concentrate on previous achievements and successes.
4. Expand Your Comfort Zone
Push yourself just enough to build your experience and confidence in a challenging area, without making you feel terrified. The more you do something difficult, the less threatening it becomes, whether it’s driving, public speaking, or using a computer, for example. Remember practice makes perfect.
5. Know Your Limitations
Everyone is different, and we all have unique strengths and weaknesses. Just because someone else thrives on a stressful job, long hours, and a hectic social life, it doesn't mean that these things won't leave you exhausted and drained. Don't feel guilty about setting limits on demands made of you. It's better to be realistic about what you can comfortably do, rather than make yourself ill.
6. Relaxation Techniques
To relax your mind and body, develop strategies that make you feel calm. These may be listening to music, having a warm bath, aromatherapy, meditation, or yoga, for example. Once you find ‘your thing’ that makes you feel calm and relaxed, make time to