Anxiety Coping Mechanisms You Absolutely Have To Try
Anxiety is, unfortunately, a part of many people’s lives. It’s a kind of psychic pain, which evolved to warn us of impending danger. But thanks to the unique circumstances of the modern world, it misfires, forcing us to live in a perpetual and often unnecessary, state of worry.
We all know anxiety why we feel it. For some, it’s a mild annoyance while for others, it can mean not being able to leave the house for weeks at a time. Here are some of the ways that you can cope with anxiety and avoid panic.
Write That Email You’ve Been Putting Off
There’s nothing more toxic to the anxious mindset than something you know that you need to do, but don’t want to because it’s difficult or painful in some way. An email is just one example, but it could be anything, from phoning somebody back to having a tooth extracted. As always, just putting it off will only make it worse.
Try Animal Therapy
Cuddling animals has a profound impact on human psychology, so much so that “therapy dogs” are now real things. When you’re feeling anxious, try to calm yourself by cuddling your pet.
Don’t Compare Yourself To The Most Successful Person You Know
If you want to feel bad about your life, then it’s a good idea to think about the most successful person you know and then think about all the ways that you compare to them. If you want to feel good about yourself, focus on your own victories, not those of other people.
Take A Break From Work And Do Something Fun
Working all the time might seem like the way to achieve your ambitions, but everyone needs a break from time to time. Do something fun like buying yourself a treat from an online sweets store or grabbing that video game you’ve been after for months. It’s okay to sit around and do nothing every once in a while.
Understand That Your Anxiety Could Be Coming From Change Plans
Sometimes it’s hard to pinpoint the exact origins of your anxiety, but a common source is so-called “change plans.” These are plans where somebody in your life close to you recommends a change, like swapping to a new job or moving to a different location. Change plans can cause you to worry as they disrupt your current circumstances. Try if you can to see your anxiety as a response to a threat that doesn’t exist, rather than a reaction to the change itself.
Stop Reading The News
If you’re of an anxious mindset, then the news can be a constant source of worry. News organisations thrive on agitating you because they know this will keep you stressed and interested. You don’t have to stay up to date with all the goings-on in the world to be an educated citizen.
Think About All The Things That Are Going Well For You Right Now
If you’re anxious, you tend to think about all the stuff that’s wrong in your life. Make a habit of appreciating the things that are going well.
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