- Stay Happy
- Mind Over Matter
- 5 Months ago
Anxiety is a fact of life. Almost all of us, no matter how upbeat, could not have escaped anxious moments, days, or even weeks. Everyday stresses add up and can result in a variety of anxiety and sleep related disorders. Instead it is more manageable if you lower your daily stress levels. This helps in dealing with serious and unexpected challenges more easily.
When calamities are real of course, there are often good reasons for anxiety. But for some people, anxiety is a way of life, chronic and life-crippling, constantly leaving them awash in fears that prevent them from making moves that could enrich their lives. If you worry about everything, it will get in the way of what you really need to address. The best decisions are not made when your mind is spinning out of control, racing ahead with predictions about how things are never going to get any better. Precious energy is wasted when you’re always thinking about the worst-case scenarios.
When faced with serious challenges, it helps to narrow them down to specific things you can do now. A good way to emerge unscathed from crippling anxiety resulting from being faced with a monumental task is to stay in the present. It does not help to mentally reside in the future.
Those prone to worry should set aside a little time each day simply to fret and then put aside anxieties and spend the rest of the time getting things done. Rather than focusing on what seemed like an impossible challenge, try taking up one task at a time. Somehow it will all get done.
Possible Thinking: Many worriers think the solution is positive thinking. What should actually be recommended is something else: think “possible".
When we are stuck with negative thinking, we feel that we are out of options, so we just need to be reminded of all the options we do have. If this is not something you can do easily on your own, try discussing your problems and worries with friends. This eases the load on you and inevitably someone may come up with a an idea that could work for you. Even if none of their suggestions work, just venting, helps.
We often do this about small things, but when an issue gets overwhelming, we hesitate to ask for help. Yet that’s when we need it most. Even the smallest suggestions and favors can help buffer stress and enable you to focus productively on what can be done to improve the situation.
Another invaluable tip is to let go. When feeling pressured to figure out how to fix things now, walk away for a few minutes, but promise to come back. Take a breathing break, inhaling and exhaling calmly and intentionally.
Additionally, what might help is taking a break to do something physical. Take a walk or bike ride, call a friend, look through a photo album, or do some small cleaning tasks like clearing off your night table. When you have a clear head and are feeling less overwhelmed, you will be better able to figure out the next step.