3 Power Steps to Overcoming Anxiety ~ Reclaiming Your Life One Step At a Time
First, it is important to understand that everyone experiences anxiety from time to time, but chronic anxiety that is uncontrollable can severely damage your quality of life. When most people think of anxiety, they think about the manner in which it impacts behavior, but what you should know is that anxiety can also have an adverse impact on your physical health as well.Enter for a chance to win an iPhone 11 !
What Is Anxiety?
Before we get to the part where we discuss the steps that will help you overcome anxiety, it is probably a good idea to gain at least a limited perspicacity of what anxiety is. Basically, anxiety is a physiological response to stress that creates a feeling of fear and apprehension about something that you believe is about to happen. This is actually a good thing when a person is following you on a dark sidewalk at night, but when it becomes uncontrollable and irrational, it can wreak havoc on your life.
If you have been struggling with anxiety for more than six months or you have frequent prolonged episodes, there is a good chance that you are struggling with an anxiety disorder. More on this later. Sometimes a major life event can trigger a stress response that leads to anxiety. For instance, when my wife lost her mother a few years ago, the anticipation of living her life without her mother and all that entails triggered an anxiety episode. While this episode was not a result of an anxiety disorder, it had the potential of emotionally and socially paralyzing her. Fortunately, she decided to confront it instead of just coping and she was able to overcome it.
Some Common Effects of Anxiety
The longer someone suffers from anxiety, the greater the psychological, emotional, and physical implications. Below you will find some of the common effects of anxiety, which can become more intense with time.
- A sense of doom — Anxiety often causes frequent feelings of impending doom. It is possible that you will also have trouble concentrating
- Panic attacks — These panic attacks can be so severe that they create physiological symptoms, including heart palpitations, chest pain, and lightheadedness.
- Depression — Chronic anxiety (prolonged or endless bouts with anxiety) can put you at a higher risk of depression. Symptoms include social withdrawal, loss of interest in activities you once loved, and feelings of guilt and hopelessness
- Headaches — Constant worry and stress often lead to headaches
- Breathing problems — Anxiety can cause rapid, shallow breathing and which intensify during a panic attack
- Loss of libido — Decreasing sexual desire
- Extreme fatigue — Dealing with anxiety can leave you feeling wiped out and drained (emotionally and physically)
- Increase in Blood Pressure — It is common to experience a rise in blood pressure readings during an anxiety attack.
- Pounding heart — The increase in heart rate and intensity. You can feel like your heart is about to jump out of your body.
This list of symptoms is by no means comprehensive, but it gives you an idea of how intrusive and pervasive anxiety can be.
3 Powerful Steps to Overcoming Anxiety
It is important to understand that while the following steps can be very effective for overcoming anxiety, they are not a substitute for professional intervention for serious anxiety disorders. There is absolutely nothing wrong with seeking professional help to assist you in getting your anxiety under control.
Here are three powerful steps that you can take to help reduce or even totally alleviate uncontrollable anxiety.
- Stop censoring what you are about to say or do in an attempt to make other people comfortable. When you censor your words or behavior to protect others, you can often put yourself in harm’s way. This is not a suggestion to be rude or inconsiderate. It is a challenge, to be honest, and forthcoming about how you feel at any given time. The proclivity to internalize things can lead to anxiety. Speaking honestly and boldly about your truth will also help build confidence, which can help you deal with anxiety.
- Practice spending time with people who treat you well. We have a tendency to associate with people who confirm how we feel about ourselves. This can be a poor practice during times we are struggling in the area of self-confidence. When you hang around people who treat us well, it can change how you feel about yourself, your circumstances, and future outcomes.
- Treat yourself the way you treat someone you love. Love is a force that must begin within. Without self-love, you can never fully experience love in its totality. As you begin to treat yourself like you love yourself, there will be an emotional shift that will completely change how you view the world around you. All of a sudden, things that seemed so significant and threatening won’t scare you as easily. You will see your ability to handle what comes at you.
Uncontrolled anxiety has serious implications, but the good news is that you are not helpless. You can do something to overcome your bouts with anxiety and live a very productive and fulfilling life.
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