Anxiety cripples many people. They worry about everything and anything. The high-tech, fast-paced society that we live in today is toxic to many people and they don’t realize what is wrong with them. It’s a mystery why more people aren’t plagued with anxiety-inducing stress. Perhaps some people have developed coping skills that help them get through the day without worrying.
A lot of worrying is caused by not being prepared. If you often are worried in the morning about being late or forgetting something at home, be sure to get prepared as much as possible the night before. Set out the things you need to take with you near the door and/or make a list to check off each morning so you forget nothing. Even seasoned pilots use checklists every single time to avoid missing something.
Sometimes you just have to let the “worry” flow. Set aside time each day or for each situation that causes you to worry and just worry as much as you want for a set amount of time. Set an alarm to help you end the worrying and stop it immediately if it bypasses worry and moves onto a panic attack. Some worrying is okay, but don’t let it get too far. For most people, just allowing yourself to worry will cause less worry.
As mentioned before, a lot of worries come in the form of not having enough time. But you’d be shocked at how much you do in a day that isn’t necessary and that just adds to your issues. An example of this is when you cannot sleep at night because of your mind swirling with thoughts that you can’t seem to stop. Perhaps if you turn off the computer and other screens no later than two or three hours before you go to bed, you’ll find it easier to get to sleep.
Some forms of worrying come from being in the unknown or being surprised by something. The best defense of this is to always be mindful of what is going on around you. If you are going to give a speech and you’re nervous, try going into the room that you’ll give the speech in well before your speech, so you can get a feel of the environment. You can figure out where you will stand, where your microphone is if there is one, and even where the exit is if you must leave.
No one on this earth is truly worry-free. This is an unrealistic expectation that can ultimately cause more worry when you worry about worrying. Try to differentiate between the worrying that most people experience and the unnatural worrying that leads to anxiety. You wouldn’t be a parent if you didn’t feel worried about your child’s first date or when they take the car the first time.
For some people, writing their feelings (including their worries) can do a lot to flush them out of their system. Somehow seeing the worries and how they manifest can be cleansing. Don’t just write the worry, also write how to handle this worry so that the next time it comes up, you can deal with it easier.
Taking the time out of your day to focus inward for ten minutes is one of the best things you can do. You can do this through meditation or prayer or both. When you pray, get comfortable, and truly mean what you say, and try to keep it very positive. When you meditate, instead of thinking about any one thing, try to focus your thoughts on nothing. It might help to develop a mantra which are some words you say repeatedly until they have no meaning.
Nothing can be more important than the food you eat and the body you have. Treat it right by moving a lot and eating right. Most of us think we don’t have enough time to eat right and exercise, but you don’t have enough time not to. Eating right and exercising can add years to your life. You’ll gain more time than it takes, so the excuse of not enough time is bogus. You only need about 30 minutes a day of exercise and you can eat right by planning and using your crock-pot and a pressure cooker to ensure that nothing takes too long to prepare. And honestly, nothing is faster than raw fruits and veggies. You can have some measure of control over worrying so you can feel less anxious in most situations. If you find that your worrying has passed the anxiety phase and moved on to full-fledged panic, learn some deep breathing and coping skills to help you overcome that as you learn to stop worrying as much.