5 Ways To Cope With Anxiety
It’s perfectly normal to feel worried every once in a while.
Most people will worry about everything from their performance at work to the quality of their relationships, and how big their bottom looks in a pair of jeans.
However, if you are constantly in an anxious state it can be quite overwhelming and have a negative impact on your life.
To help you deal with any anxiety you are feeling, this guide will list the 5 best ways to cope with anxiety.
These simple techniques will help you feel calmer and more in control of your life.
#1 – Learn your anxiety triggers
Most people who suffer from anxiety have specific triggers that cause the condition to worsen.
By understanding these common anxiety triggers, you will be able to determine which ones affect you the most.
You can then take action to reduce your exposure to the trigger or seek help to reduce its impact on your life.
Anxiety triggers include:
- Consumption of drugs and alcohol
- Stressful events like the loss of a job, financial problems, or the death of a loved one
- Physical or emotional abuse
- Family history of anxiety
- Health problems like cancer, diabetes, and heart disease
- Mental health conditions like depression
- Chronic pain
- Excessive consumption of caffeine
- Phobias including claustrophobia and agoraphobia
- Driving or traveling
It sometimes helps to keep a journal where you describe the activities that you performed each day, the foods you ate, how long you slept, who you talked to, and how anxious you felt.
This can help you find daily behaviours and activities that tend to worsen your anxiety.
#2 — Use activities proven to ease anxiety
There are many different activities that have been proven to effectively reduce anxiety.
Many of these activities are completely free and can be performed in your own home.
- Reading a good book or watching an entertaining movie
- Listening to music
- Engaging in creative activities like singing, dancing, drawing, painting, and writing
- Cleaning and organising your home
- Being grateful for the things you have
- Spending time outdoors
- Or in my case gardening, especially digging.
If you can turn several of these activities into daily habits, you will probably see a dramatic reduction in your anxiety symptoms.
#3 — Try Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) can help you identify and change any self-destructive or unhealthy behaviours.
This form of therapy is based on the belief that all behaviours are learned and can be changed.
It is very affective at treating anxiety and will teach you to be more compassionate and less critical of yourself.
Speak to your doctor to learn more about CBT and how it can help you manage your anxiety.
#4 — Focus on other people
One of the best tactics for eliminating anxious thoughts is to shift your focus onto other people by volunteering.
When you are helping others, you won’t be living in your head and thinking about the issues which cause you anxiety.
You will be too busy helping people (or animals) in need.
Volunteering also has other benefits for your mental and physical health.
You will form new friendships, gain more life satisfaction, feel happier, and be physically healthier by being more active.
#5 — Meditate regularly
Meditation has been scientifically proven to reduce stress and anxiety.
It works by changing how your brain responds to anxious thoughts and emotions.
Regular meditation practice will calm your mind and give you more control over how you process incoming thoughts.
All of those random anxious thoughts you experience will become less frequent and easier to control.
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Best for me was, if you are worrying about something, ask yourself, can I do anything about it?
If yes, do it.
If no, stop worrying, there is nothing you can do to change things and 99 times out of 100, there is nothing to worry about.