By Agnes Jimenez
No matter how anxious or scared you feel, there’s always something you can do to help yourself. Try to keep in mind that YOU are not your fear. Rather, you are the observer of your fear. Just knowing this should already make you feel better. Americans have the highest level of anxiety in the world at around 28%. And as a nation we spend $42 billion on our anxiety disorders.
Here are 10 successful ways to help you alleviate your anxiety.
1. It’s probably not as bad as you think.
When you’re upset or worried about something whether it’s your job, a test at school, or an argument you had with your spouse, the problem is likely not as bad as you think. What’s the worst thing that can happen? The worst thing that can happen is you let your fears get the best of you and you develop a panic attack. Pointless, right?
2. Take a timeout.
It’s hard to think clearly if you’re swimming in anxiety or fear. Your heart is racing and your palm’s are sweating because of the increase in adrenaline. Slow down and make yourself breathe slowly. Many times, taking a brisk 20 minute walk will do wonders to decrease anxiety. Exercise for anxiety is a very useful tool at relieving stress. Other calming techniques include sipping a hot soothing cup of tea or soaking in a warm bubble bath. Some people think skydiving is a stress reliever – I’m not one of them.
3. Face your fears.
Every time you embrace your fears, it makes them easier to deal with the next time you feel them. After a while, they have less and less power over you. Come on, show them who the boss is.
4. Talk it out.
Talking to a close friend or family member about your anxiety instantly takes a lot of your fear away. Or you can talk to your dog. Actually, they’re better listeners.
Stay tuned for part 2 of this article shortly…..
– Agnes Jimenez is a professional blogger and writer. She writes for many online establishments and currently partners with ComprehendTheMind.com in spreading awareness about the day to day psychological stresses ordinary individuals have to deal on their own. Comprehend The Mind is a diagnostic and treatment center for a variety of mental health, developmental and educational difficulties that offer neuropsychological, psychological and educational evaluations and testing as well as forensic assessments.