Anxiety And It’s Effect On Your Life
Anxiety, much like most mental health problems, affects every aspect of your life. It can destroy your social life and pretty much every other aspect of your life. It may also stop you from trying something new or from stepping out of your comfort zone. This is a pretty common occurrence for people with anxiety and unfortunately it’s hard to control your anxiety especially when you’re stepping out of your comfort zone.
I’ve gotten a comment or two before asking me how I stepped out of my comfort despite having anxiety and what tips I would give them to do the same. So, today I thought I would write an entire post on that because I know a lot of people with anxiety struggle with leaving their comfort zone and I hope this helps those people.
Get Help/Help Yourself
The first tip I have is to get help so that you can at least learn to handle your symptoms. With a lot of mental health disorders it’s not possible to completely get rid of them. I know that I’m always going to have to live with my anxiety and the best thing I can do is try to control and decrease the symptoms as much as possible.
If you haven’t gotten any medical or professional help yet I would recommend going to a professional at least once so that they can give you a proper diagnosis. The reason I say this is because self-diagnosing can be dangerous especially to yourself. A lot of symptoms are common in multiple disorders and having anxiety does not necessarily mean you have an anxiety disorder. You would rather talk to someone who is trained in the field because they can give you an accurate diagnosis.
A medical professional can also help you in other ways like helping you get the best medication or if you choose not to take medication they can help you pick the best alternative routes for you.
Say “Shut Up”
Sometimes, when it comes to anxiety it’s all about controlling your mind. I’m not exactly an expert at this yet but it’s something I have been working on that has been helping me. If your brain is throwing some anxiety your way, whether it’s about something or just random feelings of anxiety, tune it out and continue on with your life.
Your brain only has power over you if you let it have that power. Try to control your mind and don’t let it control you. I know that’s a lot easier said than done especially at first but don’t give up and keep going. There are some methods that people use to help them with this such as meditation and yoga. I don’t know where I would be without meditation if I’m being honest. Over time, it has truly helped me feel more grounded and in control of my mind. It’s difficult at first so if you would prefer to do a guided meditation instead of on your own where. you can be easily distracted feel free to check out my services page by clicking here. I offer guided meditations where I would guide and help you meditate. I think it would be a great option for beginners because I know it’s hard to keep your mind still and in the moment at first. It took me months to get to where I am now.
Although it’s good to get out of your comfort zone and try new things, it’s also important to take baby steps and not push yourself too far. Sometimes when we push our mind too far all at once we end up doing more damage than good. You may experience even harsher symptoms of anxiety as a result.
That’s why I try to always recommend taking baby steps. If you have social anxiety don’t just go to a club all of a sudden one night. Go to lunch or dinner first, then hang out with some people, try to meet new people and when you’re absolutely ready take bigger steps.
You’re probably thinking- “oh wow breathe, such fantastic advice because I never do that already.” I thought that too when I first started reading about breathing techniques. I thought it was one of those dumb things influencers say because it’s “in” or whatever.
Turns out I was wrong. I did just need to breathe. However, not regular breathing. You need to find a technique that works for you and try deep breathing. There are lots of helpful breathing techniques listed and explained in this article. Feel free to check them out and use whichever helps the most.
I hope this post was beneficial for anyone suffering from anxiety and thinking that they may no longer be able to live the life they wanted. Anxiety is only a stepping stone on your way to your best life. Of course, some things are going to have to change but you don’t need to sacrifice your happiness or give up on it.
Do you suffer from anxiety? If so, how do you live your best life despite it? Let me know in the comments below.
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