Alleviating Anxiety

by Karen Brooks on February 28, 2013

Alleviating anxiety is something we all need to learn how to do. Anxiety shows up in many different physical ways. You might not even know that’s what’s going on within your body. Anxiety can cause your heart rate to beat faster than it normally would for no apparent reason.

You can get cramps in your stomach that are so sharp, you’ll wonder if you need to go to the doctor. Breathing escalates and a thousand thoughts race through your mind. You might even feel as if you’re about to pass out. In fact, your entire body, from head to toe can be affected by this feeling.

The most important aspect of dealing with anxiety that you should know is that you’re not alone. Millions of people deal with this and find that when they seek help, they learn how to deal with this very real feeling. They also learn that they aren’t dealing with any type of mental illness, and that what they feel is common.

There are different types of anxiety. For example, most people feel anxious and stressed out when they have an important meeting or when the boss calls them into the office and they’re not sure why. Those are normal feelings.

The root of anxiety is found deep within the body in what’s known as our danger center. The feeling is that we must fight or flee. This is actually a protective instinct that everyone has, and adrenaline is often a by-product of anxiety. That’s why people can sometimes do seemingly superhuman feats. Now that you understand what anxiety is, let’s take a look at how people can work on alleviating it.

Know that you can’t always avoid the stressful situation brings on how you feel. What you can do is change your response to that. In other words, you can act and stop reacting. If you’re in the middle of a stressful experience and can take a break, then do it. Go away from the event, the person or even the thoughts and do something else. Give yourself permission to take a mental break.

Do what you can to simplify your life. If you currently live a lifestyle where there’s a lot of chaos, because life seems to happen around you, put up some stop signs. Stop rushing around in the mornings trying to get ready for your day. Get everything you need to do in the morning ready before you go to bed. Write out a list of what needs to be accomplished. Rather than making you feel worse, a list will help break down what seems overwhelming into manageable portions. Have too much stuff lying around? Take time to de-clutter. Doesn’t it always feel good when you see everything neat and tidy? Learn to keep it that way. It will free up time to do those things that you truly enjoy.

Alleviating anxiety differs from person to person. Some find it helpful to buy self help books or programs. Others need the use of medication and therapy. Whatever works for you, know that you don’t have to live with anxiety ruling your steps.

What are some of the ways that you reduce anxiety in your life? I would love to hear your comments below.

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