How To Cope With Anxiety
At times anxiety may develop and get to extreme levels, and it’s likely to take various forms for example social anxiety, specific phobias, health anxiety, panic attacks, anxiety attacks, and a general form of anxiety to state just a few. So if you’re dealing with anxiety speak up, and seek assistance.
Let’s see a few tips from Clarity Clinic that can help anyone coping with anxiety:
1) Take Deep Breaths
When we’re anxious the ‘flight or fight‘ response of the body is activated. The body uses this response to protect you during threatening situations. It occurs in a series of changes, that take place in the body, including the release of adrenaline and a rising heart rate which are all meant to help you become stronger, or enable you to move faster, and they’re all useful during when we are under attack, but not very useful under normal conditions. By simply breathing deeply, you can enable the body to settle down and get to its more natural equilibrium. A good idea while doing this is to imagine you blowing a balloon of your best color. Breath in deeply, and take note as your stomach rises as you take in air which allows the lungs to let in a lot of air, and then slowly breath out for a long time as though you’re filling your balloon with air, and repeat this three times.
2) Observe Your Thoughts
In times of anxiety, the mind can play tricks on you, which is likely to distort your thinking. For example, an email arriving suddenly from your boss may lead you to think that you’ve done something wrong, or a friend failing to reply to a text may make you think they’re not talking to you. Before you take in that thought, which will inevitably cause anxiety, think to yourself, is the anxious thought a “mere opinion or a fact?” If it’s just an opinion there’s no need to get anxious about it.
3) Try It Out
We often feel anxious about some things, by predicting negatively about the occurrence of an event, for example, I can’t go to the party alone because no one will chat with me. If you’re predicting negative things, test everything like a scientist and know whether the prediction is correct.
4) Avoid the Avoidance Trap
Anxiety causes discomfort, and no one would like to experience this emotion, therefore a lot of people get into the trap of avoiding a situation they’re afraid of to run from experiencing anxiety, for example avoiding driving on a highway because they’re afraid of being hit by a truck. But avoiding situations isn’t dealing with anxiety, and this can make life more and more complicated as you strive to avoid situations you’re scared of, and in the end, you may find yourself in a situation whereby you’re trying to escape more and more situations. Since you haven’t face the fear and dealt with it, you feel more anxious. So the best thing is to face your fear. You’ll still feel anxious but if you face it, again and again, your body gets used to this, and your physical anxiety drops. If you find it daunting to face your fears, consider breaking it down into small steps, for example, drive on a highway for one junction, repeat it until you see your anxiety levels dropping, and then increase to two junctions until you get better.
As uncomfortable as it is, anxiety is a normal emotion and no matter how hard you try to get rid of it, everyone feels anxious at some point. Accepting anxiety is similar to accepting that we sometimes feel angry or sad, or happy, and just like all these emotions anxiety will as well pass. But if you’re experiencing long-term anxiety and it’s affecting your daily life, you should seek support, rather than just accept it to feel good.