Keeping Anxiety At Bay

Keeping Anxiety At Bay

Most people will experience some anxiety from time to time to a certain degree. It’s a part of life that can rear its ugly head during high-stress situations. In cases like this, anxiety acts as a survival instinct to help keep us safe. However, for 1 in 3 Americans, it’s a challenging and seemingly inescapable part of our daily existence, and that’s when it’s often considered an anxiety disorder. Managing anxiety can be difficult to do, though learning to be gentle with yourself, identifying your triggers, as well as personalized coping techniques can instill confidence and aid you on your healing journey.

Symptoms Of Anxiety

Try to be patient with yourself

Setting healthy boundaries

This can be challenging, especially when you want to set boundaries with people you love. However, saying no to things you don’t want to do, letting go of people — and things — that are no longer serving you, creating more time for yourself, and anything else you may feel that you need is incredibly freeing. Setting healthy boundaries like this can lead to greater feelings of self-respect and self-love

Paying attention to your internal dialogues

While it can be easy to discern when someone else is talking down to you, it isn’t always as apparent when you’re doing the same thing to yourself — particularly when you’ve made a habit of it. Putting in the effort to actively change the way you speak to yourself can not only improve your overall wellbeing but actually change the way your brain works, too.

Simplifying

Slow down and take one task at a time. When you begin to feel overwhelmed or easily distracted, take a short break. Remember that being productive looks different for everyone, and downtime is necessary.

Christine Bushrow

Hi, I'm Christine! I'm a freelance mental health and self-development writer. I'm here to help you spread the ideas you're most passionate about while connecting deeply with your readers.

This Post Has 4 Comments

  1. Sonia

    Hi read your article and can relate to each and every word …..started with severe anxiety sometime in August and have been on medication eversince ..at first I thought that I was getting overwhelmed with work at home since I stopped all my helpers to come in .. but as the time went by I realised it only added to already existing anxiety ..and so now am taking a lot of me time and am learning to say no ..and do what pleases me …feeling better but it’s an effort to change something which has become a habit …..reading your article gives me some reassurance that am not the only one and have relatable issues like others

    1. Christine Bushrow

      Hi Sonia,
      I’m glad you enjoyed this article and feel less alone. I’m really proud of you for taking time for yourself and setting healthy boundaries! I know it’s not easy to do, but it makes such a difference.

  2. Chip

    Great post!

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