Anxiety in various forms and degrees seems to be a wide-spread problem, affecting people of all ages and in all areas of life.
Some people suffer from it more and some less, depending on various factors.
If you are prone to anxiety you have two options
- Give in to anxiety, and live with it.
- Learn to overcome it.
By giving in, you will continue to suffer and feel unhappy, stressed and anxious. You will continue to fee stressed and bad. Is this something you want?
It is far better to learn to overcome anxiety, or at least weaken its grip over you. If you are able to get rid of it completely, it would be much better. If think that it is not possible to do anything about it, you are wrong. You can.
Anxiety wastes your time and energy and weakens you, both mentally and physically. You help no one, and solve no problem by being anxious. Our planet will go on revolving, even if you stop worrying and being anxious.
There is no reason to give in to anxiety. You always have a choice – to try to overcome anxiety, at least weaken its grip on you.
I would like to suggest a few simple tips that can help, at least in simple situations. If the problem is acute, these anxiety removal tips might not be enough. In such a situation you might need professional help.
12 Tips for Overcoming Anxiety
1. Control your thoughts
Lack of control over your thoughts strengthens your anxiety, because what you focus on grows. As negative thoughts get stronger, your anxiety gets stronger too. You need to learn to control your thoughts.
To gain control of your thoughts you need a certain degree of the ability to focus your mind. Even a few minutes a day of training your mind to focus would be most useful.
2. Controlling negative feelings
Feelings and emotions fuel and strengthen anxiety. A certain degree of self-discipline would be most useful for gaining control over your feelings.
One of the best methods to reject negative, unpleasant and bothering feelings is by displaying emotional detachment toward them. This would teach you not to get too much involved with them.
3. Think of the good things
When you go to bed at night, and the first thing when you wake up in the morning, think about the good things that are happening to you. There are always some good things happening, even if they seem small and insignificant.
4. Positive affirmations
Start the day by repeating positive affirmations for a few moments. Tell yourself how would like your day to be. While doing so, try to awaken positive feelings.
Another thing you need to do while repeating affirmations is to use cheering and motivating words.
5. Get Busy
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Be busy and do something, since activity keeps your mind off your anxiety.
When you wake up in the morning, start doing something right away, and keep busy all day. Cleaning the house, washing the dishes or working in your garden, reading, studying, meditating, or exercising your body, can help you keep your mind away from anxiety.
Staying idle, and thinking about your problems and worries won’t make them go away.
6. Set a goal
Set a goal and work everyday to achieve it. This action will direct your thoughts and feelings away from worries and anxieties, toward something more positive and constructive.
This does not necessarily need to be a big goal. It could be something small that can be accomplished on the same day, like going somewhere you want, carrying out a decision or task, or anything else.
7. Talk to someone
Talk about your anxieties to someone you trust.
Talking about your anxieties and feelings can alleviate them. This can help you see them from a different point of view put them in the right proportions.
To get results, you need to try to be objective, and have a real desire to get rid of your anxiety, or at least reduce its intensity. You also need to have an open mind, and adopt the insights you gain.
8. Exercise your body
Exercising your body and staying fit, is a good way to keep fears and anxieties away. Any kind of sport brings more energy and oxygen into your body, making you feel stronger, happier, and more confident.
You can go for a walk, swim, do yoga, aerobics, bodybuilding or any other sport.
9. Laughter is important
Find reasons to laugh. This will bring light and happiness into your life, and drive anxiety away.
Watch comedies on TV, spend time with happy and amusing friends, or read something that makes you laugh.
10. Positive self talk
Use positive words in your conversation sand in your inner talk.
11. Visualize a positive and happy situations
Use your imagination to visualize positive situations and events, and happy and positive solutions to your problems.
Your imagination would trigger your subconscious mind to work on your behalf, turning what you are visualizing into reality.
12. Stay away from negative news
If watching the news fills you with anxiety – turn off the TV!
Limit the time you watch the news, and don’t watch anything that might upset you before you go to bed at night.
Overcoming anxiety might be easier in some cases, and more difficult in others. In milder cases, the advice given here would probably help, but in other cases, you might need professional help for overcoming anxiety.
The tips and information in this article do not replace professional advice.
Did you know that inner peace relieves stress and anxieties? You can learn how to enjoy inner peace and stop getting stressed. If you wish to get more strategies and ways to relieve stress and anxiety, you can find them the book “Enjoy Inner Peace in the Busy Daily Life“.