The current fast paced and stress laden life has transformed us human beings into a race of overanxious individuals. Right from the time we get up to the time we go to sleep, we are chewed up with anxiety.
We are anxious about a million things; our jobs, children, spouse’s health, finances and future just to name a few. Excessive anxiety gives way to multiple health complications which causes us to become more anxious. In short extreme anxiety traps us in a vicious cycle which can ruin the quality of our life completely.
Understanding the Problem of Anxiety
Anxiety ruins our mental peace and destroys our health. It can leave us feeling drained of all energy. So how do we define anxiety? Anxiety can be defined as a feeling of foreboding, uneasiness, nervousness, or fear of the possible outcome of an event which is likely to occur in the immediate future. Anxiety can leave us feeling irritable, feeling fearful constantly, can affect our sleep and can cause us to feel physically sick.
While most people are able to control their personal anxieties others are not. Excessive anxiety causes a person to talk constantly about their fears and worries which can ultimately alienate them from their friends and family. Increasing anxiety levels often causes people to seek medical help even though there are many simple steps that each person can adopt to control their anxiety levels.
Ways to Overcome Anxiety
No individual can go through life without a certain degree of anxiety. That is totally normal. However when a person is constantly anxious 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a years then anxiety takes on a more menacing role and is called a disorder. There are many simple lifestyle changes that one can make to overcome the problem of anxiety without taking powerful medications. Let us explore some of the simple yet powerful ways to curb the problem of excessive anxiety.
Control Your Thoughts
If we allow our minds to be crowded with negative thoughts constantly, then we tend to be in an anxious, depressed state perpetually. One must understand that every single person on this earth have their own problems and worries, But what differentiates a happy person from a constantly anxious person is their ability to control their thought processes. Instead of thinking of only negative thoughts, make it a point to fill your mind with happy ideas. As negative thoughts are slowly weeded out, anxiety levels also come down drastically.
Practice Deep Breathing Exercise
Practicing deep breathing exercises first thing in the morning is a fantastic way of clearing ones mind of all worries. Once a person has mastered the art of deep breathing, they need to visualize the particular thought or worry that is plaguing them.
With each breath of fresh air that is taken in, psyche yourself into believing that positive energy is flowing in and with each exhalation think that all your anxieties or negative energies are escaping from your body. Deep breathing exercises are a wonderful tried and tested method for reducing anxiety levels in people. In fact deep breathing exercises can even help to prevent panic attacks and reduce extreme fear among young children.
Use Positive Affirmations
There are two ways to use positive affirmations or assertions to reduce anxiety levels. One is to use positive declarations on how you would want your day to be. Instead of using negative words like sad, pressurized and stressed out, use words which will define your day to be happy, productive and fruitful. The other way to reduce excessive anxiety levels it to use positive affirmations, to describe oneself. Instead of constantly running oneself down by using words like loser, failure and the like, use words which will bring out your positive traits like hardworking, punctual, and industrious.
Set Achievable Goals
If you really want to reduce your anxiety levels then set achievable and realistic goals in life. Never set targets for yourself that is not attainable. This will not only cause you to lose face in the end but will increase your anxiety levels as well. Extreme anxiety caused by setting unachievable targets will undermine ones personal confidence.
There is a saying that an ‘Idle Mind is A Devil’s Workshop’. This could not be truer in the case of people who worry constantly. People who are busy have no time to worry incessantly. It is those people who have a lot of time on their hand that turn into worry warts.
These people are not only anxious about personal issues, but they spend a lot of time being anxious about issues happening through out the world. Identify your personal interests or hobbies and convert leisure time into some fruitful endeavor. This way one can reduce anxiety levels and become a more cheerful person.
It is very important to communicate your fears or anxieties with a close friend or family member. Keeping your anxieties bottled up will only cause it to become worse. In fact most people who suffer from excessive anxieties have confirmed that communicating openly with someone they trust about their personal anxieties have helped to reduce their anxiety levels vastly.
The old adage ‘A healthy body in a healthy mind’ is extremely apt for controlling anxiety levels. People who lead sedentary lives and suffer from multiple health complications are twice as likely to spend their time worrying about their health and allied matters than individuals who exercise regularly and are fit and healthy.
Exercising helps in releasing certain hormones into the body which act as natural stress busters. In fact doing simple exercise like walking or aqua jogging twenty minutes every day can cut anxiety levels by almost half.
Get Proper Sleep
People who sleep less or suffer from various sleep disorders are more likely to suffer from increased anxiety levels as compared to others. A healthy adult should try to get a minimum of eight hours of proper sleep every night, to get up in the morning feeling refreshed and rejuvenated. Poor sleep can cause a person to get up in the morning feeling depressed and with too many negative thoughts.
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