Is your day to day life disrupted by paralysing anxiety attacks? Whilst it’s normal to feel anxious in certain situations such as job interviews or medical tests, constantly feeling anxious when there is no specific cause could be a sign that you are suffering from Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD).
Anxiety can manifest itself in physical symptoms including nausea, palpitations, sweating, trembling and difficulty breathing. The mental torture can leave you feeling drained or irritable and may result in you taking time off work or avoiding social events. Severe bouts of anxiety can convince you that you are actually going mad.
If you are constantly plagued by feelings of unease or even fear, this free anxiety test will assess how anxious you actually are. Help in overcoming anxiety is available from AnxietyUK but there are steps you can take right now to relieve yourself of the debilitating symptoms of GAD.
Take control of your anxiety
Whilst you can’t magic anxiety away, you can learn how to take control of it rather than letting it destroy your life. Right now check out these breathing exercises that will immediately help you to feel calmer and more in control. There are also powerful quotes to calm anxiety as well as great books that will aid you in overcoming anxiety disorders.
Focus on the here and now
Mindfulness is a simple meditation practise that enables us to focus on the present moment rather than dwelling on past mistakes or worrying about the future; both of which can increase anxiety levels. Embarking on a mindfulness based program has helped many people to overcome depression, anxiety and stress. A report by Harvard Medical School showed that mindfulness meditation may be effective in easing anxiety.
Stop jumping to conclusions
The mental chatter in your head can tell you stories which remind you of your failures and disappointments. It also leads you to jump to conclusions which are often wrong. For example if you haven’t heard from a friend, you may start believing your friend is angry with you and conclude that you have done something to upset him and he no longer wants to be your buddy. In reality the friend has probably been overstretched at work or going through a family crisis and would have loved to receive a call from you. It’s time to stop jumping to conclusions that increase anxiety and destroy your relationships. Read this ultimate guide to a stress free life.
Conquer your fears
Your anxiety may be caused by very real dread, perceived threats or even phobias. Overcoming your fears will help to reduce your anxiety levels. Check out this NHS advice on fighting your fears and believe that you can free yourself from real or imaginary fear. This is a positive move towards conquering your fears.
Get out of your rut
When you are constantly anxious, depressed, and fearful it’s difficult to think about making positive changes. Stepping out of your comfort zone and moving away from the familiar may feel like a step too far but the alternative is to remain trapped in your rut. You may benefit from this advice on escaping the emotional rut you are drowning in.
Change your mindset
Recognising your anxiety issues and accepting them empowers you to develop a positive mindset and take control. Once you are in control you can take action to reduce or eliminate the misery caused by anxiety. You do possess the strength and determination to change your mindset and adopting a positive mindset means you will become less fearful and able to achieve great things that will lead to living the life you dream of.
Get a grip on OCD
Obsessive-compulsive disorder is an anxiety disorder that consists of cycles of obsessions and compulsions. The obsessions manifest themselves as negative thoughts which make you feel uncomfortable or anxious and the only way you can reduce the uneasy feelings are by indulging in repeated actions (compulsions), such as needing to constantly check things or repeat certain actions a specific number of times. It is possible to gain control over obsessive-compulsive behaviour and stop it destroying your life.
Get professional support
Learning to manage anxiety and regain control of your life is much easier with the support of a sympathetic life coach.
Your personal coach will teach you effective strategies for letting go of stress and overcoming fear so that you achieve a calm and peaceful mind, which will help you to become more relaxed and enjoy a better quality of life.
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