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Back to our chat with Chantal about Anxiety and the effects and solutions to finally be Anxiety Free.
Q: What are your top 5 strategies for coping with anxiety?
In my “Anxiety Free At Last” virtual guidebook, I offer a ten-step program that can teach you how to cope with anxiety attacks in your own mind.
As a taster for you, here are the first five steps:
1. The first step is to recognize that you are having an anxiety attack. If you are a severe worrier, you may feel that you have some sort of disease. Discount these irrational thoughts from your head and realize that you are having an anxiety attack. Tell yourself out loud that “This is only and nothing more than an anxiety attack and although I may find this experience very unpleasant, it will most definitely come to pass.”
2. Recognize your irrational thought process and turn it into something rational and self-helping. Instead of thinking that you are having a heart attack, or some sort of disease, you have to recognize that what you are doing is creating more anxiety upon yourself. Stop talking in a self-defeating way to yourself and start the rational talk.
[tweetherder]3. Take a breather. Breathe in through your mouth and gradually let the air out through your nose.[/tweetherder] Getting in enough oxygen will help you feel better.
- If you feel you need to take a drink of water, just do that. This is a quick way to distract yourself from diving headlong into an anxiety attack.
- The process of getting the water and the breathing pattern when you drink the glass will help you relax. Additionally, sometimes it’s easier to have an anxiety attack if you’re dehydrated.
4. Ask yourself why you are worried or anxious. Has this event or situation happened in the past? What are the realistic possibilities of your beliefs about this event or situation being true?
Chances are that what you are worrying about is not true, right?
Again, ask yourself:
- Is there any rational reason for such a belief?
- Where is holding this belief getting me?
- Is this belief helpful or self-defeating?
- Where is the evidence to support the existence of this belief?
- Is this belief consistent with reality? Is it logical?
- Could it be that I am mistaken in this belief?
- Would I come to the same conclusion about some other person in a similar situation?
- Why should I continue to act and feel as if this belief were true if there is no rational reason to believe it?
5. Start feeding yourself with rational thoughts and giving yourself a new pep talk. You are most probably worried about something that the odds are very much against. Realize that and tell yourself about it. Feed yourself with self-helping thoughts.
Q: How can a person cope with negative influences in your life?
If you are suffering from anxiety attacks, take a look around you and see the people you have surrounding you.
[tweetherder]Are you surrounded by positive people or negative people?[/tweetherder]
What about your job? How well do you like that?
A great deal of people will say that they dislike their jobs. Some people will even have an anxiety attack when they are going to work each morning.
This goes for the people who you have in your personal life as well.
Are they negative or positive?
While there is not much we can do about most of our relatives, if we have one who is constantly putting us down and providing us with numerous opportunities for us to feel bad about ourselves, we may start to develop anxious feelings when being around this individual.
In this case, it is best to change our anxiety-creating thoughts about this person and/or limit our contact with them.
Not only is persistent negative energy around you not beneficial for you psychologically and emotionally, but it will only continue to add to your stress.
And so, take stock in those who you have around you and see if there are some changes that you would benefit from making.
Q: Do you have any final thoughts you would like to pass on to our readers?
Through this blog interview, you have already learned a lot about anxiety. Hopefully, you can start putting some of these tips to the test and start helping yourself get through your anxiety attacks.
Remember: anxiety, stress, and occasionally panic are to be expected. They’re part of an active life. However, when anxiety, stress, and panic become the normal experience for you, when they become chronic, then it’s time to take a step back and assess the situation.
Find a doctor and/or counselor who you trust and who will be able to direct you in the right direction. If the doctor prescribes you medication, take it as instructed so that you can get the best results.
In addition, you can help yourself even further by doing some of the things outlined in “Anxiety Free At Last.” In a nutshell, this is a virtual guidebook filled with proven strategies and techniques specially designed to help you leverage inner peace and experience the joy of feeling calm every day!
Finally, keep in mind that freeing yourself from the prison of anxiety very often means a longer life. It also means a happier and healthier life. Consider these wise words from George F. Burns:
[tweetherder]“If you ask what is the single most important key to longevity, I would have to say it is avoiding worry, stress, and tension. And if you didn’t ask me, I’d still have to say it.”[/tweetherder]
Thank you for trusting me to support you in your journey towards the joy of feeling calm every day. Go forth now and make your life a peaceful, serene, and tranquil place.
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