Anxiety and worry can take over your life if you allow it to.
Anxiety and worry took over my life for a decade. No fun. At all.
Whether we like it or not, stress and worry is part of our life.
Suddenly your heart is racing, palms are sweaty, stomach’s churning. Your muscles are tense and your mind is flooded with worries and fears that something bad will happen.
That’s anxiety. We’ve all experienced it.
The good news is there are ways to help alleviate your anxiety.
The first step is to figure out exactly what you’re stressing about?
The kids won’t stop screaming?
Your boss has been hounding you because you turned a report in late?
You owe the IRS thousands of dollars you don’t have?
Or.. you’re just stressed out?
Soo…is your anxiety/stress something you can change?
Or is it something you have no control over?
By determining the root of your anxiety, you can better understand how you can overcome it.
For example, if you’re feeling anxious about losing your job, you have the capability to change this worry. You can work harder to prove you’re an indispensable part of the team or you can start searching for a new job.
Taking action is the surest way to defeat anxiety.
Here’s the truth:
There are plenty of situations in your life that you can change with some effort. For example, if you’re concerned about your weight, the good news is you can change it! You already know it takes a healthy diet coupled with regular exercise. Little by little, your weight will melt away and your health will improve.
By determining the root of your anxieties, and developing ways to turn them into something positive, you can overcome them.
Here are 6 Simple Steps you can take to overcome your anxiety:
1. Know your anxieties.
Write down exactly what’s causing your anxiety, then note down ways you change your outcome. Knowing what you’re up against is the key to feeling better about yourself and your current situation.
Once you’ve pinpointed the things you need to change, sit back and take a breath. This form of relaxation can help you calm your racing heart and give you peace of mind.
Rapid breathing from anxiety can lead to a panic attack. Don’t let it go that far. Breathe deeply and slowly as soon as you feel yourself become worried or anxious.
Perhaps one of the most effective ways to overcome anxiety is the technique of visualization. Choose a quiet space in your home, light some candles, and close your eyes.
Image yourself in your ideal situation. Feel how calm you are and visualize letting go of your worries. Think about how happy you’ll be once your source of stress has been diminished. Positive visualization can help you move toward the happier vision you’ve created in your mind.
4. Use positive affirmations.
When things get tough and you feel yourself losing control, repeat a positive statement over and over in your head.
For example, if you’re in need of a job, you can repeat something like, “I’m a valuable and hard working individual who is worth a new opportunity!”
Reaffirming positive thoughts repeatedly can help you believe that anything is possible. The power of the mind is endless.
5. Diet and exercise.
Eating a well-balanced diet and exercising can physically help you handle stress and anxiety. The stronger the body is, the stronger your mind is.
Fact: If you abuse your body with junk food or drugs and alcohol, your body and mind will react in a negative way.
Take good care of your body and it will help you take care of our worries.
6. Seek support.
Talk to a life coach who has been in the same situation. (I happen to know one!) Reaching out to friends or family or seeking professional support can do wonders to help you get rid of your anxiety.
Once you’ve seen that someone else has gone through and overcome what you’re experienced, it give you great hope that you, too, can do the same. Take a look at this success story.
Anxieties are a part of everyday life. How you choose to manage them is what makes the difference.
Stop letting anxiety control you!
Take the reins and let anxiety and worries know you are the on in the driver’s seat of your life.
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Loretta Holmes, M.A. CMHWC is a Life Health + Wellness Coach at Bella Coaching Services. Prior to pursuing a career in coaching, Loretta worked as a special education teacher. Today, she combines her skills in teaching, psychology, and coaching to help women break free from their pain without pill popping or new age therapy. Connect with Loretta at firstname.lastname@example.org