Everyday Tools to Help You Overcome Anxiety
September 5, 2017
Anxiety is one of the most common mental health issues in Australia. If you are not one of the one in four that have experienced it, anxiety is characterised by feelings of worry and fear. Sometimes these might begin for perfectly rational reasons, but can soon start to interfere with one’s daily life.
It is natural to have stress and be stressed, however, anxiety has a tendency to inflate the stress to outweigh its impact.
So, how can you overcome anxiety?
Whilst there is no magic pill that will cure anxiety, there are a number of ways you can start facing it and moving forward.
It cannot be stressed enough the importance of exercise in beating anxiety. Even if you are not considering running a marathon, exercise is a great way to improve your mental health and wellbeing.
When you start to feel overwhelmed, take some time out and simply breath. This can help prevent panic attacks and removes you from the confronting situation.
Shout, shout and let it all out
In the privacy of your own home, or with people you trust why not just let go of all your anger and frustrations and have a good shout.
Acknowledge what is making you anxious. In some cases, it might be hard to pinpoint the actual problem, but once you start finding the trigger it becomes more and more evident. Maybe a toxic relationship is making you anxious, work, meeting new people, financial worries etc… By acknowledging what the cause is, you can start to work towards a solution.
Start looking at what people are saying and how you are perceiving it. Sometimes it’s hard to divide our perception of what is being said to us from what they actually mean.
Stop over analysing what people are saying and try to take it at face value. If someone yawns they might just be tired and are not bored of your conversation for example.
Know your limits
Make a mental note that you are willing to deal with some level of anxiety today. It’s natural to worry, so if you have a big meeting with the boss don’t feel bad if you are a little anxious, just try not to let it spill into the rest of your day.
Meet them head on
Sometimes acknowledging the beast and confronting it can be the best way to combat it. Meeting a threat head-on and dealing with it can be empowering.
At Sharman’s Therapy Centre, our counsellors are here to listen. If you’d like to learn more about our anxiety counselling approaches, and whether they might be suitable for you, you can contact our Gold Coast counselling centre.