The word alone can set off triggers. While all of us have moments when we may feel anxious about something, it most definitely comes in different strengths and we all deal with things differently. I personally can be a bit of a worrier. I worry about things and tend to keep it to myself which is where my anxiety strikes. I have been this way since I was a little girl, so now as I’ve got older, I’ve just had to find ways to manage it. Understand that anxiety is a feeling and it will pass. If you allow it to consume you and your mind, it’s not going to help. Recognise your anxious moments and aim to get passed them because you have before and you will continue to.
Don’t attach anxiety to a bad stigma, we all have it and while some people may be better at handling things, you just need to find your best way to. Anxiety comes in many forms and for many different reasons, stress from work, studying, personal relationships, finances, future planning, tough conversations, expectations (Just to name a few). It can even be a side affect of medication or believe it or not, too much caffeine for some people. So seriously, its normal. But taking care of you and your mind during anxious times is so important in self-care but you have to recognise what is causing this. Your emotions are important to look after. Recognize them, handle them and allow them to pass. Because you are bigger than what is making you anxious.
How I Deal With Anxiety
Talk about it:
I think this is pretty obvious but talking about what’s making you anxious is key. While it can seem like the hardest thing to do because maybe you feel like it wouldn’t be important to someone else. I think getting my anxious thoughts out physically and having a conversation can be a weight off my shoulders. Talking to people can bring me great advice and even just peace of mind. Getting things out can provide clarity for our thoughts.
Write It down:
If talking about it is too difficult sometimes I just write it write it down. Like a letter to myself or someone I would like to share it with. I write it down, admit how I feel and why. This lets it leave our minds and no longer be thoughts and become something more physical. You will be surprise how much of a relief it can provide and how less scary the worry seems.
This can be been a game changer. Clearing my headspace and meditating can really help. Relax, relieve and restore. I feel like when I put yourself in a good and clear mindset anxiety tends not to occur as much. You can think more rationally and be more at ease when making decisions without feeling like the world is on your shoulders.
Any kind of exercise from walking, to yoga, running, or just weightlifting really can be calming and its fact that releasing your bodies endorphins makes us feel better. If I am having a rough day going to the gym helps. And even if the day isn’t bad anyway, exercise is still a great way to keep us feeling good and release underlying stress, we may not have realised we had.
Admit it, it’s totally fine. As I say we all have anxiety but how we chose to let it affect us is the difference. Talk to people about it, write it down, see a doctor, tell your friends. Do what you need to do to get passed the feeling because that really is all that it is. Anxiety is an emotion that you can and should learn to control and try not to let it have more power than it deserves.
Believe in yourself:
You are so powerful! Most of what we worry about all begins and ends in our minds, what we give power to will have power over us if we allow it. So why not give more power to our positive traits, our strengths and not weakness. The more you believe in yourself the less you will worry and feel anxious. We all make mistakes; life is full of the unknown and things to worry about but trade the worry for belief. Love and take care of you on your journey.