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Little Things That Help You Deal with Anxiety

The most important thing in life, is peace

Happiness depends on how you decide to deal with situations. We all spend a significant amount of time during the course of a day in being anxious about something or the other – our kids, their homework, deadlines, pitch presentations, adjusting into a new office or a new line of work, money related issues, dealing with a co-worker, appeasing your boss and the list could go on. While anxiety is a normal and a predictable part of life, too much of it too frequently can result in throwing you off track. And though people can suffer from anxiety at any given point of time during the day, it is good to keep those anxiety levels under control as much as possible. Here are a few things you can do to quiet down your anxiety.

Be active

Regular cardiovascular exercise is great for keeping those anxiety levels under control. One way to ensure that you’re getting your regular dose of cardiovascular exercise is by hitting the gym every morning or after work, but unfortunately, this isn’t always a feasible option. With achieving work-life balance being a far off dream, we are often required to think of an alternate way where we can get our 30-60-minute walk in place. Walking while taking long phone calls, taking the stairs instead of the lift, biking short distances instead of taking the cab are just some of the ways by which you can get your daily dose of cardiovascular exercise while keeping anxiety at bay.

Challenge the thought

Anxiety stems from our thoughts. As humans, one of our greatest flaws is to over think things. It is in our nature, to obsess and brood over a particular thing until it becomes larger than life. This tendency to make mountains out of a mole hill is one of the primary causes of anxiety. The only way to deal with this is by gathering every shred of logic and reasoning that resides within us and challenge that unhelpful thought. Start by identifying these thoughts. Then move on to addressing why this thought has the effects that it does on your behavior. Once you have the answer to that question move on to asking yourself one – is it helping me or is it being counterproductive. Finally, take control over it and re-frame or correct that thought to make it more accurate, realistic and adaptive.

Encourage yourself

Anxiety is born from within. Even though it is something that is triggered by external circumstances, it is how we deal with it internally that makes it less or more amplified. Believing in what you have set out to do and encouraging yourself towards your ultimate goal is a great way to deal with anxiety. Encouraging yourself by repeating positive statements when you’re feeling anxious can help put things in perspective and thereby reduce anxiety. At the end of the day, don’t stress on what you had to give up or sacrifice, focus your attention instead on what you have to gain and learn from the experience instead.

Create a vision board

Lack of knowledge breeds doubt, doubt makes you question yourself and the minute you begin to question yourself it results in anxiety. The future can be scary at times, especially if you have no idea where you’re going, which is why breaking your challenges down and representing the steps through a vision board is a practice that we all should develop. A vision board gives us clarity and thereby removes any scope of doubt that we may have breeding inside of us. The minute we successfully remove doubt and self-questioning out of the way, we also say goodbye to anxiety. The next time you have something new coming your way say bye-bye to anxiety and create excitement around it instead.

Breathe

Take a deep breath, count to 3 and then exhale slowly. Breathing exercises like meditation, yoga and other calming practices that you could follow every day, helps to get rid of anxiety. Consciously breathing while lengthening and strengthening the breath helps send signals to the brain that coaxes it into relaxing. Practicing breathing exercises on a regular basis also helps the body to de-stress which in turn reduces anxiety. Incidentally, research also shows that smiling more helps battle anxiety as well. So the next time you start feeling anxious, pause for a moment, take a deep breath, clear your mind, plan ahead, laugh a little and before you know it, you’ll feel it drifting away!

The more anxious you are, the more difficult things become. So, from now on, instead of succumbing to anxiety, do the little things you can to get rid of it for good!

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