Anxiety is a wide spread problem, affecting people of all ages and in every country. If you are prone to anxiety you have two options: A) Give in to it. B) Learn to overcome it. By giving in you will continue to suffer and feel unhappy, stressed and anxious. It is far better to learn to overcome anxiety or at least reduce its power. Tips for alleviating and overcoming anxiety: Develop a plan on how to manage your anxiety to use a resource. You need to learn to control your thoughts. As negative thoughts get stronger and stronger, your anxiety gets stronger. Feelings and emotions fuel and strengthen anxiety. Recognize your emotions and develop a plan to help regulate intense or strongfeelings/emotions. Before bed and just after waking up identify what you are grateful for. Start each day with stating positive affirmations. Tell yourself how would like your day to be. Use positive and motivating words. Keep busy. Doing something will help you keep your mind off your anxiety. Create a schedule/routine to stick to, just sitting around and thinking about your problems and worries won’t make them go away. Set one small goal and work every day to achieve it. Talk about your anxieties to someone you trust. Set aside 5 minutes in the am and pm to write down all your anxieties. During the day when anxieties flare up tell yourself that you have timetonight to focus on them. Exercise daily. This is a good way to keep from letting your fears overwhelm you. Find reasons to laugh. Watch comedies, be with happy and amusing friends or read something that makes you laugh. Use positive words in your conversation and in your inner talk. Affirm and visualize positive situations and events. Visualize a safe place. If watching the news fills you with anxiety – turn off the TV! Limit the time you watch the news and try to avoid right before bedtime. Breathing exercises. Practice this often throughout the day. (driving, standing in line, etc). Watch consumption of toxins (alcohol, caffeine, or nicotine). Seek professional support.
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