Harnessing anxiety can seem like herding cats, an impossibility that few can do. Yet, it’s easier than assumed and you don’t even need a lasso. Instead, consider the following:
Take a moment: Anxiety can be acute or chronic (or a little of both for a really great time!). Take a moment to collect yourself before you conquer any kind of stress. Breathe, meditate, or reflect; do whatever you need to summon your strength.
Remember the end result: Getting anxiety under control is difficult: often, conquering one fear just causes another to pop up. But focus on the end result – it’s okay to take two steps forward and one step back. You’re still making progress as long as you’re moving ahead.
Make a plan: No one wants to walk around feeling anxious all the time; there’s no fun in that (even if stress burns calories!). Thus, make a plan to get your anxiety under control. If you are unable to do this on your own, seek outside help from a therapist, coach, or doctor.
Remember that you’re human: Anxiety is one of the most human of all emotions: we all have fears even if we won’t admit it. Some people are certainly more anxious than others, but the feeling of anxiety is something that everyone has experienced at one time or another. Remember that this comes with the territory of being born. In other words, blame your parents!
Use it as a teacher: Most of us look at anxiety as a sworn rival, the nemesis to our happiness. But anxiety can be an ally as well – sometimes, it’s trying to tell us something. If you’re anxious about your health, for example, anxiety may be telling you that it’s time to get in shape. If you’re anxious about your job, anxiety may be telling you it’s time for a new career. If you notice a theme to your stressors, pay attention.
Anxiety isn’t something people want; it’s not going to be a hot seller on the holiday lists next year. Still, it doesn’t need to cripple your life either. View it as a friend rather than a foe and recognise that it’s something we all face. It’s a common enemy of the human race.
Hiya, I’m Karen, energy therapist and mind body expert for dynamic and ambitious women who are struggling with anxiety. I help them to get to the root cause of their anxiety so they can take back control other thoughts and be the calm and confident woman they want to be.
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