Anyone who has anxiety knows how difficult it is to stop worrying. We have thoughts that hit us with full force no matter how happy we were minutes before!
This is something I struggled with for many years and I never realized how debilitating it really was until I received treatment for my anxiety. Apparently a side effect of my medication was anxiety! Meds cannot always be the be all end all when it comes to mental health but they definitely help and are an effective treatment plan. But even if we do take medication for anxiety, it doesn’t mean the anxious thoughts and obsessive worrying goes away completely.
Here are some ways to combat anxious thoughts.
- Validate your anxiety/anxious thought.
Validate yourself. Tell yourself that your feelings count and own what you feel. If you struggle with this, talk to someone you trust who can validate what you’re feeling. I find it helpful when I write it down.
2. Determine why you are feeling what you’re feeling.
It’s good to break your anxiety down and determine the root cause.
3. Identify solutions that will help ease your anxiety.
There is always a solution. Try to find one that will work for you.
4. Try to step out of your comfort zone (if you can).
Compromising is good. I find it’s good to push yourself a little bit so you can try and overcome what is causing you anxiety, but know your limits.
5. Be patient and kind to yourself.
Don’t beat yourself up, we all experience anxiety and worries. You can’t expect to have everything figured out. Time will make it all easier, just be patient.
6. Tell yourself “I will get through this!”
You can do this. Believe in yourself and know other people have been where you are.
7. See a therapist.
If you are really struggling counselling goes a long way. Therapists can give you coping skills so you can recognize and combat anxious thoughts.
I hope these seven tips will bring you good vibes and luck when you face your anxiety.
I can’t stress enough how important it is to have support and professional help through these difficult times. We all have been there, so don’t be hard on yourself or get frustrated with your anxiety. You will figure it out. It took me awhile to get through my anxiety and find what works for me, but I finally found the right coping skills for me.
Let’s embrace our worries so we can push them out. We can’t get better if we ignore the problem. Mental health cannot be ignored. We need to bring awareness and mindfulness to ourselves when we experience anxiety, it’s the only way we can learn to let go.