Consider What Situations Your Anxiety Occurs In
Some people experience chronic anxiety that is pretty much always occurring to some extent. Others, however, experience anxiety in particular situations.
It’s important to be mindful of what situations trigger your anxiety so you can be better equipped to handle them. Consider where you feel most anxious. Is it at work? At the store? Or is it when you know you have to give a big presentation?
By consciously recognizing where anxiety strikes you the worst, you can go into the situation prepared and you won’t be caught off guard by anxious feelings.
Practice Deep Breathing Routines
Deep breathing is one of the best things you can do for yourself in an anxious moment. Often, when anxiety flares up, it feels like there’s nothing we can do or nowhere we can escape to calm ourselves. By simply taking deep breaths, you can offset some of the physical symptoms of anxiety.
Anxiety attacks are typically accompanied by racing thoughts or increased heartbeat. Take a step back, inhale deeply, and then let it go. Repeat until your heart rate has decreased and you’re able to think more coherently.
Attune to Your Senses
When anxiety kicks in, it’s good to try to redirect the mind back to observing the here and now. Sometimes, anxiety makes us feel as though we’re having an out-of-body experience. A great way to reel yourself back in is to tune into the information that is coming from your senses.
Take a look around you; notice what you see. What are the colors? What are the shapes? Next, listen to what you hear around you. Take a deep breath. What do you smell? Consider what you taste. Are you eating food or chewing gum? And finally, touch a few surfaces around you. It could be the texture of your shirt or the smoothness of the desk in front of you.
This exercise is great because it not only redirects your brain from the anxiety, but it brings you back to reality.
Remind Yourself that Anxiety Is Temporary
When anxiety or panic sets in, it can be one of the worst feelings in the world. When feelings of panic begin, remind yourself that it’s completely temporary. You will feel better again soon. The anxiety will pass.
Anxiety is irrational worry—but there are ways to maintain rational thoughts.
Remind yourself that there is no imminent danger around you; soon enough, these rational thoughts will overpower your anxiety. Note the moment that you begin to feel less anxious, and hold onto that feeling until it’s completely ridden out.
Seeking Help for Chronic Anxiety
It’s important to have tools to use when anxiety flares up. However, if your anxiety is a chronic issue, then you likely still experience suffering despite your best efforts.
If your anxiety is taking control of your life, don’t be afraid to seek out help. A therapist can help you with more deep-rooted anxiety issues. They can also give you in-depth guidance to help you combat your anxiety more thoroughly.
It’s great to have your own personal ways of reducing anxiety, but if those aren’t working, a therapist can help you manage it in healthy ways. Seek out help today and experience freedom from anxious emotions!
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