Beating Anxiety In The Worst Of Times
For those who suffer with anxiety, you will know full well that it is something that needs to be managed as well as possible if it is to not rule your life. That is much easier said than done, of course, but as long as you are working on it day after day, you will find that you can deal with it much more resolutely, no matter how bad it might get. When you are going through those particularly tough times when your anxiety is especially bad, it can be much more challenging to know what you are going to do to be able to get through it to the other side. But that is something that you can still aim for, and in this article we are going to look in a little detail at just that. How can you beat anxiety in your worst times?
One Thing At A Time
When things get particularly bad, it can be useful and important to try and step back and take things one step at a time. Anxiety loves it when you get overwhelmed with the amount of things you have to do, and thinking about them all at once is not going to make things any better – nor will you be able to get those things done any faster anyway! Instead, try your best to slow down and look at what is ahead of you logically, one step at a time. That is hugely important if you are to beat your anxiety. This is something that applies even in the very worst circumstances. Even if you are planning a funeral, you can assuage your anxiety somewhat by thinking about in what order you are going to arrange the flowers, headstones, phone calls, and everything else. It will make a difference.
Something that always helps improve anxiety is to become aware of what your senses are perceiving. If you find yourself in the grip of a severe anxiety attack, you can come back down to a normal experience by focusing on some of the things that are in your environment. A well-known method which is highly effective is to find five things for each sense: five things you can see, touch, hear, smell if possible. This brings you back to yourself and helps to keep the anxiety much reduced, and keep you calmer. Often it is enough to allow some time for the anxiety to pass for the time being while you are caught up in the moment.
Remove Yourself From The Situation
Sometimes, the only thing for it is to remove yourself from the situation that you are in, especially if it is the situation itself which is causing the anxiety, and not just worsening it. By removing yourself, you are taking a stand and also just engaging in some essential self-care, so this is definitely something that you should think about next time you have exhausted all other options and you don’t know what to do.
This is a collaborative post.