SEVEN SKILLS TO MANAGE ANXIETY…

I’ve always been a person who suffered from anxiety and never knew how to manage it or possibly permanently cure it, I kept reading trying to find solutions and I want to share with you the seven best skills that work very well for me and I know they can work for you too. I got to understand that there are so many people who also suffer from anxiety but ashamed to even talk about it or ask for help from their peer’s because no one wants to look weak infront of people who know you as a person who has everything under control.

You need to understand that anxiety can affect your health. If you suffer from an anxiety disorder, research suggests that you may run a higher risk of experiencing physical health problems, too. So when you manage your anxiety, you’re also taking care of your physical health.

Every day that you struggle with anxiety is a day that you’re managing it. Managing anxiety is simply the act of preventing anxiety from overwhelming you. No matter how difficult it may be to live with anxiety or how much you struggle with it every day, you are coping with it in small ways. You may not realize it – and certainly coping with it may not be enough – but anxiety management is simply the ability to learn to live with your anxiety and still function as best you can. The most important thing to realize about anxiety management is that, even though there are many techniques to help you manage your anxiety, your own mental coping skill is still your strongest tool. Everyone – no matter how much anxiety you experience – has that coping skill inside them. It’s like a muscle, and you can train it to help you overcome anxiety and reduce its effects on you.

The most important thing to realize about anxiety management is that, even though there are many techniques to help you manage your anxiety, your own mental coping skill is still your strongest tool. Everyone – no matter how much anxiety you experience – has that coping skill inside them. It’s like a muscle, and you can train it to help you overcome anxiety and reduce its effects on you.

But you can also make it weaker, and you can do that by using unhealthy anxiety management practices. For example:

  • Alcohol
  • Drugs
  • Overusing medications
  • Gambling
  • Reckless behaviors

These are always unhealthy, but they’re especially damaging when you’re trying to manage anxiety. That’s because they become crutches that essentially tell your brain that it doesn’t need to practice its coping skills, because you have something else dulling the anxiety for you.

How to Manage Your Anxiety and Anxiety Symptoms

That doesn’t mean there aren’t strategies that you can use to manage your anxiety. They simply have to be strategies that aid your natural coping ability, not replace it. Below are some examples of natural anxiety management tools:

  • Exercise – Everyone tells you to exercise for your physical health. But when you don’t exercise, your ability to cope with stress takes a huge blow. Your anxiety will often become much worse when you don’t exercise, because your muscles turn that pent up energy into physical stress, which in turn becomes mental stress. On the flipside, when you exercise, you not only reduce that extra energy – you also improve hormone balance, release neurotransmitters that improve mood, and improve breathing. Exercise is easily one of the most powerful, healthy anxiety management tools available.

 

  • Sleep, Eating Healthy, etc. – Living a healthy lifestyle is also important. From sleep to nutrition to hydration, the healthier your body is the better it works, and the better it works the less you’ll experience anxiety. These aren’t anxiety cures – anxiety, of course, is more of a mental health disorder forged through years of experiences, and simply sleeping more isn’t going to magically take it away – but they’ll drastically reduce the symptoms, which should help you cope with anxiety much more easily.

 

  • Yoga –  Yoga is a type of exercise that has additional benefits to reducing anxiety. First, it’s slower without being any less challenging, and those with anxiety need an opportunity to slow their lives down so that it feels more manageable. Yoga also teaches breathing techniques that can be very valuable for fighting anxiety.

 

  • Memory Creation-  Yes, another strategy that many people don’t realize is effective involves simply creating memories. This can be very hard for those with severe anxiety, since it requires them to go out into the world, but the more you can force yourself to do and enjoy every day (they need to be happy memories, of course) the more positive thoughts you’ll have when you’re struggling with stress.
  • Relaxation Strategies  – Many relaxation strategies exist that help you cope with anxiety. Visualization is a great one. It involves imagining yourself and your five senses in a more relaxed place. These strategies give your mind an opportunity to be calmer, so that you have a chance to re-learn how to cope with stress naturally.

 

  • Distractions- Distractions are also an important part of anxiety management. Your thoughts tend to be your enemy when you suffer from anxiety. So distractions allow you to stop focusing on those thoughts and give yourself a break to simply calm down. Talking on the phone with someone you like about positive things (negativity still breeds anxiety) can be more powerful than you realize, and a great way to re-gain that mental strength you used to have.

 

  • Journaling- Writing thoughts down in a journal may seem like something you only did as a child, but it’s actually a powerful coping tool. It benefits anxiety in two ways. First, of course, is that it gives you a chance to simply let out your thoughts – something that far too many people hold inside them. Second, however, is that it also puts your thoughts in a permanent place, and that tells your brain that it doesn’t have to focus on remembering them as much as it did previously.

If you really want to effectively manage your anxiety, the key is to accept it,” Corboy said. This might sound counterintuitive. But anxiety, “in and of itself,” isn’t the real problem. Instead, it’s our attempts at controlling and eliminating it, he said. “Not accepting these unwanted inner experiences is the actual source of so much of our self-induced suffering.”

Accepting anxiety doesn’t mean “resign[ing] ourselves to a life of anxious misery. It simply means that we are better off recognizing and fully accepting the existence of anxiety and other uncomfortable emotional states that are inevitable, but transitory,” Corboy said.

So if you experience anxiety today, simply observe it, Deibler said. “Think of it like a wave of the ocean; allow it to come in, experience it, and ride it out.”

Anxiety can feel overwhelming. It can feel like chains around your feet, weighing you down. But by taking small steps – like the ones above – you can minimize your anxiety and cope effectively.

If you have any further necessary tips regarding on how to manage anxiety and would like to share, please comment below, your input and knowledge could save someone’s life and better it.

 

 

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