anxiety

Anxiety is a serious condition that affects the lifestyles, job performance and self-confidence millions of Americans, including those who have been diagnosed with panic disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, social phobias and obsessive-compulsive disorders. But even if you have not been clinically diagnosed, anxiety can still inhibit your brain’s ability to deal with stressful situations.

From relationship stress to problems at work or school, to personal issues with body image, goal setting or feelings of accomplishment, anxiety manifests itself in the form of physical tension, poor sleeping habits, body aches, nervous tics, negativity, and other unfortunate side effects. While you may not be able to completely cure your anxiety on your own, here are 7 ways that you can arm yourself against anxiety andworry.

1. Check in with yourself periodically. It’s easy to get carried away and respond to external situations only, but if you mentally check in with yourself during the day to evaluate your stress level and emotional well-being, you can take a step back and talk yourself through your anxiety before it gets out of control.

2. Become aware of yourself physically: In addition to monitoring your mind and your mood, make a point to relax your body. Relax your jaw, back, shoulders, stomach and legs. You’ll feel better almost immediately.

3. Know your triggers. If you’re able to identify the people, places or situations that make you uncomfortable or angry, you can better prepare yourself to deal with the situation in a constructive manner and avoid an anxiety attack.

4. Track your goals and to-dos. An easy way to re-gain perspective and feel like you’re in control is to track all of your long-term and short-term goals in detail. In the morning, go over what you want to accomplish each day, and cross off each item when you complete it.

5. Avoid negative thinking. When you catch yourself thinking negative, deconstructive thoughts that cripple your self-confidence or attack others, think of way to turn the situation into a positive, constructive one that puts you in control.

6. Exercise. Regular aerobic exercise like cardio workouts, running or swimming can help you relax and vent frustration.

7. Think of peaceful, pleasant things when you start to lose your cool. Create a safe “happy” place in your mind that you can retreat to in order to relax when you start to feel out of control, angry or worried.

This post was contributed by Jill Gordon, who writes about the online colleges. She welcomes your feedback at Jill.Gordon25@ yahoo.com

Published by @INeedMotivation

5 Comments

  1. befor i have axiety , and now im totaly fine , i think sould not give up who hav that

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  2. You know, I feel the mds way is no way out of depression and anxiety, but your way in your own way and own time, at your own convience and level of when it is approapiate for you, your family and the lifes and works commitments.

    Sometimes to just kick back in your favorite place, or room with a good book, a pretty floral-designed teacup with some herbal great scented herbal tea and some tea scones and to be by yourself with the phone on off mode, the sunlight obsured and in shade with some pretty blue-on-lavender draperies and to read and enjoy your feng shi quietude all on your own and your non-guilt of letting go: of work, family, cleaning and decluttering, making phone calls and returning emails.

    After spending two-to-five hours at least of your leisure time, then take an bubble bath soak up to 30 minutes with lavender-almond carrier oil based bubble bath with long-lasting scented candle, soft, sootheing mood music and lay back and daydream of who you want to be and with whom you want to be with. Not your spouse, or significant other but someone who you may have got a glimspe of you don’t even know or a celebrity, dead or alive, and imagine what you would be talking about with them, doing with them going somewhere with them, then allow yourself to drift off for 15 minutes and awaken yourself slowly while breathing in and out deeply and quietly.

    And then make yourself a nice light supper snack and bring yourself slowly but surely to your real life and feel better that you care enough about yourself to do so and on a regular basis. Teach others to do the same and you are at the head of the game. Without medications that don’t work and that are dangerous. And thank yourself for believeing in yourself to do so and go to bed later that night with a contentment of body and soul and all it entails.

    SWEET LAVENDER DREAMS!

    Reply
  3. You know, I feel the mds way is no way out of depression and anxiety, but your way in your own way and own time, at your own convience and level of when it is approapiate for you, your family and the lifes and works commitments.

    Sometimes to just kick back in your favorite place, or room with a good book, a pretty floral-designed teacup with some herbal great scented herbal tea and some tea scones and to be by yourself with the phone on off mode, the sunlight obsured and in shade with some pretty blue-on-lavender draperies and to read and enjoy your feng shi quietude all on your own and your non-guilt of letting go: of work, family, cleaning and decluttering, making phone calls and returning emails.

    After spending two-to-five hours at least of your leisure time, then take an bubble bath soak up to 30 minutes with lavender-almond carrier oil based bubble bath with long-lasting scented candle, soft, sootheing mood music and lay back and daydream of who you want to be and with whom you want to be with. Not your spouse, or significant other but someone who you may have got a glimspe of you don’t even know or a celebrity, dead or alive, and imagine what you would be talking about with them, doing with them going somewhere with them, then allow yourself to drift off for 15 minutes and awaken yourself slowly while breathing in and out deeply and quietly.

    And then make yourself a nice light supper snack and bring yourself slowly but surely to your real life and feel better that you care enough about yourself to do so and on a regular basis. Teach others to do the same and you are at the head of the game. Without medications that don’t work and that are dangerous. And thank yourself for believeing in yourself to do so and go to bed later that night with a contentment of body and soul and all it entails.

    SWEET LAVENDER DREAMS!

    Reply
  4. Nice post it reminds us all of the need to do this. The challenge is always exactly how to handle the specifics. Number 5 “Avoid Negative Thinking” is particularly slippery.

    It wasnt until I read Lou Tice’s book “Smart Talk” that I began to get a real handle on this one. The problem with avoiding negative thinking is that it is like the joke of “don’t think about pink elephants.” The minute you say it like that, you can’t NOT think about pink elephants. The key according to Tice is to insert other, smarter, self talk…

    thanks for a good post.

    Reply
  5. Nice post it reminds us all of the need to do this. The challenge is always exactly how to handle the specifics. Number 5 “Avoid Negative Thinking” is particularly slippery.

    It wasnt until I read Lou Tice’s book “Smart Talk” that I began to get a real handle on this one. The problem with avoiding negative thinking is that it is like the joke of “don’t think about pink elephants.” The minute you say it like that, you can’t NOT think about pink elephants. The key according to Tice is to insert other, smarter, self talk…

    thanks for a good post.

    Reply

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