Overcoming anxiety is a long and overwhelming journey. It’s extremely common, but you need to learn how to handle it. Otherwise, it’s going to suck the soul out of you. It’s a constant battle between your mind, your thoughts, your body… It is exhausting. Either your intrusive thoughts win or your rational mind does. But, most of the time, anxiety gets the best of us.
It’s important to be patient with yourself. You need to remember that there is no one-size-fits-all solution for anxiety. What works for one person may not work for another, so it’s important to find the techniques and strategies that work best for you and your situation. You are not alone in your struggle with anxiety.
I am still there, struggling through it all. Over the years, my anxiety has become less and less present in my day to day life, thank god. But, I still have my moments, just like everyone else. I can’t say exactly what triggers my intrusive thoughts, but when they occur, it’s a dark place to be in. I have to remind myself that my mind creates some of the worst scenarios ever and most likely, it never happens the way I imagine it will. It’s just my mind spiraling…
5 ways to cope with anxiety:
Recognize the triggers that cause your anxiety
Whether it’s certain situations, people or thoughts that trigger your anxiety, identifying the root causes is the first step in learning how to cope with it. Once you recognize your triggers, try to avoid them whenever possible.
Regular exercise has been shown to be an effective way to reduce symptoms of anxiety and improve overall mental health. Different types of exercise, such as aerobic exercise, yoga, and resistance training, can each have unique benefits for managing anxiety, and it’s important to find the type of exercise that works best for you.
Meditate for 15 minutes
Clear your mind through meditation. Take 10-15 minutes of your time to increase self-awareness. It helps you gain a new perspective upon stressful situations. It also improves your focus on the present moment and calms your anxious thoughts. I highly recommend it!
Write down your thoughts
This is my go-to method for reducing anxiety. When our mind is filled with negative thoughts, it’s hard for us to understand what we truly feel. Writing these down helps us clarify our emotions and get a deeper comprehension of what we want in life.
Breathing plays a very important role in decreasing our stress. Practicing deep breathing techniques can help ease symptoms of anxiety by slowing down your breathing, increasing oxygen intake, and promoting relaxation.
Stay strong because you’re going to get through it! The key is to get enough sleep, change your diet into a healthy one, workout or take a walk, meditate in the morning and write your thoughts down at night. With the proper technique and time, you are going to beat anxiety’s ass!