It happens to the best of us.
When we least expect it, anxiety takes center stage. Yearning to be the star of a movie we’re not interested in seeing.
But what if I told you that there are four things that you can do to minimize your chance of falling in the anxiety trap?
It’s true. These four simple tips have consistently helped me to limit the anxiety that I allow into my life.
Sure, anxiety is always there. However, adding these simple tools has greatly reduced the effect that anxiety has on my life.
Who knows…they just might help you too.
1. Make it a habit to push through anxiety-causing situations.
It’s easy to bow out when you’re feeling anxious, but what good does that do? The repercussions of this choice can be detrimental. As Susan Jeffers once said, “feel the fear and do it anyway.” This is one of the principles that my life is rooted in. Feeling the fear and doing it anyway means embracing the discomfort associated with anxiety. As the old saying goes, “this too shall pass.” Remember that the next time you want to alter your life because anxiety has gotten the best of you. Push through it. You’ll be glad you did.
2. Don’t take on more than you can handle.
Life is busy. But don’t make it so busy that you set yourself up for failure. Think about how much you can realistically handle. It’s ok to say no. In fact, it’s a really healthy thing. Learning how to say no has taught me how to create an anxiety-friendly schedule. And that schedule greatly reduces my anxiety in general.
3. Stay in the now.
When you’re struggling with anxiety, it’s easy to get lost in thought. The key to changing this is to refocus your mind to what’s going on in the present moment. This is the basic premise of mindfulness, a concept that has greatly changed my life. Whenever my mind takes a path that’s unhealthy, I make it a point to get back in the present moment. After all, the present moment is what life is really about.
4. Do it your way.
There’s no right or wrong way to go through life. Only you know what’s best for yours truly. If you only want to stay at a party for an hour, go for it. The important thing is that you get there. In other words, do what’s best for you. Live life your way.