Self help DOES lessen anxiety.
If you suffer from anxiety you might find your state of mind interfering with what’s right in front of you; business or personal. The symptoms of anxiety can range in severity from person to person, but shared in common is the affect on daily living. Working to resolve mental health issues can be an obstacle for some. Where do you start? How can you resist the urge to keep pushing through and risk unhealthy outcomes? For starters, acknowledge your fears about anxiety, and practice solution based coping mechanisms that facilitate growth. Try these:
Fatigue, restlessness, sweating, lack of concentration, racing thoughts, or unwanted thoughts are considered common symptoms of anxiety. Attempting to change the stimulus is something to prioritize. So get low, on the ground, cross legged or lying flat on my back. When stressed about something think about ways to ground yourself and come up with a plan. Making sure to get on the ground with anxiety provides symbolism and a starting point to lessen feelings of anxiety. It also helps blood to circulate to the brain and achieve a more calming feeling.
Change Your Language
Fear and awkwardness are common barriers when it comes to talking about mental health. Talking about your anxiety with others can be difficult, but talking to yourself about it can be easy. For example, rather than thinking, “Oh my gosh, this is awful. What if I completely lose it, who is watching me?” take advantage of affirmative self talk language such as, “Ok, this doesn’t feel good. It’s just my body’s normal emergency response and it will end, as I stop scaring myself. I am safe”.
Focus On One Object
Pick one object directly in front of you and consciously note everything about it possible. Being repetitive with a description of this object helps to calm and control your mindset. Not sure what to take note of? Describe the patterns, color, shapes, and size of the object to yourself, and repeat. Focus all of your energy on this object, and talk out loud for best results.
About The Author
Dr. Rubina Tahir, co-founder of The Positivity Charge
Dr. Rubina Tahir is a board certified Chiropractor and is a self proclaimed expert in positive vibes. She prefers 2 cups of coffee a day, loves to run 5K’s, is a proud mom, wife and advocate for self-care practices.