Anxiety involves feelings of worry, fear, and uneasiness. It is typically experienced on cognitive, emotional, and physical levels.
Fortunately, there are some simple steps you can take to manage your anxiety. Listed below are 4 tips to help you cope with your feelings of anxiety.
1.Stop and Breathe
The next time your anxiety starts to take you out of the present, regain control by sitting down and taking a few deep breaths. Anxiety loses its grip when you clear your mind of worry and bring your awareness back to the present.
2. Figure Out What's Bothering You
To get to the root of your anxiety, you need to figure out what’s bothering you. Make it a habit to regularly uncover and express your feelings of anxiety.
3. Focus on What You Can Change
You can decide how you are going to deal with the unknown. You can turn your anxiety into a source of strength by letting go of fear and focusing on gratitude. With a little practice, you can learn to dump your anxiety and pick up a more positive outlook. Be more proactive, that way you can feel like you have a bit more control over your situation.
4. Focus on Something Less Anxiety-Provoking
At times, it may be most helpful to simply redirect yourself to focus on something other than your anxiety. You may want to reach out to others, do some work around your home, or engage in an enjoyable activity or hobby.
Here are a few ideas of things you can do to thwart off anxiety:
Listen to music
Go for a walk or engage in some other form of physical exercise
Do some chores or organizing around the house
Engage in a creative activity, such as drawing, painting, or writing
Read a good book or watch a funny movie
Pray or meditate
N.B Most people are familiar with experiencing some anxiety from time-to-time. However, chronic anxiety can be a sign of a diagnosable anxiety disorder.