Monday, December 28, 2009

Calm Your Anxiety

Learn to let go of control. Even the most carefully planned events in life can take unexpected turns. Sometimes the only cure for anxiety caused by these things is to simply give up control and let someone else take over.

Look at the big picture. Sometimes things that don't really matter in the long run can get you all worked up in the present. Remind yourself of how your worries will fit into the larger picture of things and it may give you some perspective.

Face it head on. If nothing else works, just try facing your worries head on. Many times, things will be easier, better or simpler than you had anticipated and your worries will have been unfounded.

Take a break. While it may seem counter intuitive when you're stressed out at work, taking a break can have a beneficial effect on your mental state. Take a few minutes to get away from your desk and the source of your stress.

Don't rush. Even if you have a million things to do at work that are stressing you out, rushing won't help: it can actually make you even more stressed. Slow down and do your work right the first time so you won't have to go back and fix errors you made from rushing.

Talk yourself through a situation. Believe in yourself and know that you can get through a situation, and you're likely to be much less stressed. Give yourself a pep talk and talk your way through anything you need to do to help reduce your anxiety.

What is anxiety?

Anxiety, in simple terms, means fear in its various forms - dread, fright, worry, nervousness, tension, upset.
Though the term “anxiety” has a negative connotation, it is part of our human make-up and essential to our survival. If we did not have anxiety, we would walk off cliffs and pick up poisonous snakes. However, some people experience too much anxiety, too often. This is called an “anxiety disorder.”

I know I'm not the only one who deals with anxiety. Mine is just getting worse though. :(

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