“It’s all in your head!”
Well, that’s what you’ll probably hear when someone says, “I have anxiety issues”. Anxiety comes from the word ‘anxietas’ which means ‘to choke, trouble and upset’. It is simply a response to any possible perception of danger.
Looking at the research, anxiety is normal and even so a basic responsive emotion. However, if these emotions are left to sit, we will be facing anxiety disorders wherein it destabilizes individuals and is also one of the most prevalent mental illnesses in the world.
So when do we know and recognize these emotions before they go from normal anxiety reactions to damageable ones?
What are some of the signs of anxiety:
3. Decreased level of concentration
4. Fatigue or tiredness
5. Irrational fears
6. Overthinking or constant worrying
8. Sleeping too much or too less
9. Panic attacks
10. Avoid social interaction
Here are 7 ways that will help you battle anxiety
As easy as it may look with words, anxiety is something only the person suffering from it understands. But it can be battled with, provided you are willing to work on it.
Talk. Shout. Embrace
As much as you want to hide away and deal with it by yourself, it becomes much easier when you have a trusted friend on board. Just to hear you out. It may sound odd to use the word “shout” but maybe that’s exactly what you want to do. Shout your heart out or say your mind to battle anxiety.
In the end, embrace the situations. Once you accept them you will also learn to deal with them better. Does going to an exam or interview scare you? It does, doesn’t it? But the truth is you are going to face a lot of them in your life. Therefore, prepare for what you fear.
Burn the anxiety
Heard of endorphins and serotonin?
When your body goes through any physical activity, it raises the levels of these two above mentioned chemicals and you instantly feel much better.
We are not asking you to workout heavily but any activity that lets your body focus on a movement. 30 mins of walking, maybe! Yoga is also highly recommended as an activity to battle anxiety.
Build yourself a routine
One of the ways to battle anxiety is to build yourself a routine, especially your sleeping time! Find yourself a fixed bedtime, a bath, or music that will let you relax and induce sleep. Sleep helps the body functions better. The body needs its fuel and rest to work well.
Also, don’t skip meals, eat fresh and healthy. Skipping meals will only disrupt your body functions and further assist your anxiety.
Cut down on caffeine
It’s rather tempting to go to the million cafes that surround us to relax but it’s not going to do you any good in your battle with anxiety. Caffeine is also used as a drug for mood alterations but too much of it can cause jitters and if you are anxiety prone, it can well enough trigger sensations such as pounding of heart, breathlessness and sweating amongst others which will lead to panic attacks.
Facing the root cause/fear
Anxiety stems from the reaction to a perceived danger. It is fear induced. What you fear are the consequences of any given situation. Face the fear, because that is perhaps the best way to battle anxiety in itself.
Prepare better for your first days, interviews, exams or even social gatherings. Go to a social gathering with your friend; try doing what relaxes you before doing to your first day at work or an important talk. Facing what causes anxiety is one of the essential steps.
Write down your thoughts
This one comes in handy for people who plan their each day. But it’s been a helpful tool to many others as well. Write what you feel, how you feel and why you feel. Read it again and you’ll see that these are fears and emotions that are disturbing you.
Most of the times, as humans we tend to stress out and over-think. And this is normal, which is the very reason, writing will help you to reflect on yourself which in turn will help your battle with anxiety.
Take a break
Are you always thinking of the “what’s going to happen” constantly? Stop that because you are losing points in the battle with anxiety. Just live in this minute.
Are you restless after submitting your work to your boss? Instead of thinking how bad it might go, try to think of how you have managed to finish your project.
Deliberately try thinking of more positive outcomes. You deserve it.
Anxiety is not in control of you, rather, you are in control of it. Accept, adapt and live to your fullest.