Its natural to worry. But at some point, it becomes unhealthy. Control your mind, or it will control you. Read about 5 More Ways To Deal With Anxiety!
It’s a perfectly normal part of life. We need to think about things that make us worry, or they may very well stop us from living our lives normally. The problem starts when your healthy worries become uncontrollable anxiety, and its too frequent, and even illogical.
Relationship problems, money problems, death in the family, or something else we can’t control are easy to fixate on, and obsess over. Suddenly it becomes a spiral of worrying that may last for long periods of time.
If it becomes out of control, you may need some help figuring out what to do. We get anxiety because its part of our primal makeup. Also known as “fight or flight” which was used to keep us aware enough to survive serious danger.
If you’re not sure what causes you to feel anxiety, you may want to do some self-reflection, and genuinely ask yourself what you think may be causing you to feel this way.
Some common things include a new job interview, public speaking to groups of people, or talking to new people. So how do you know that anxiety is affecting your health? Your body will give you signs that something isn’t right.
You’ll have problems sleeping, focusing on regular tasks for even a short period of time, and you’ll probably feel like you can’t relax in general. Other more subtle signs may include breaking out with acne over a period of time, having stomach pains, and feeling lightheaded.
How Should You Face Your Anxiety?
1. Start To Ask Yourself What’s Real
How serious is the situation really? Can you detach yourself objectively and see if your thought pattern is based on logic or emotions? Figure out what is true, and see if you can get back some control.
2. Take A Breath
Your heart is racing, and your body is in high gear. You need to slow it down, and get those cortisol levels down. Inhale deeply, and hold it for up to 5 seconds. Repeat this process for up to 5 minutes, and you will feel more grounded.
3. Go For A Walk
Get outside in the sun, and take a walk for 15 minutes. Make sure you keep moving the whole time, and soak up everything with your senses. Get yourself out of your thoughts, and feel your body instead. Anxiety lives in the mind.
4. Look For Your Triggers
Some things may be obvious, such as when you drink coffee, or smoke marijuana. Other things could be part of your blind spots, which makes anxiety harder to control.
Larger issues such as family, relationship or work problems may require you to seek out counseling, or support from close friends. Once you figure out what exactly is causing you to stress out, do your best to avoid it if possible.
Awareness is key to reducing the amount of unnecessary stress you face.
5. Try Changing Your Diet
This is a longer-term solution, but can definitely have an impact on your brain chemistry. Swapping out processed food, with higher quality natural foods, and supplements will help keep anxiety in check. However, it will take a few months to really get the ball rolling.
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