If there is anything humans have definitively learned about anxiety, it can be summed up in two points: 1. nobody likes to feel anxious and 2. everyone copes with anxiety in different ways.
There isn’t, and probably will never be, a magic bullet to “cure” anxiety. Everyone experiences it for different reasons, which makes it extremely hard to prescribe a specific solution.
How you manage stress and anxiety may be different from your co-workers, family members, and neighbors. However you choose to fight it, there are some universal activities that help almost all anxiety sufferers.
Below are three strategies everyone with anxiety should try at some point.
Find Someone to Talk To
Nobody likes to go it alone. Human beings are a communal species, and we thrive on being around other people.
People with high amounts of stress and anxiety are no different. Often times, finding someone to confide in about your struggles is the key first step that leads to recovery.
Trusted family members and friends should obviously be your first options. If those aren’t possible, there are other people out there who specialize in anxiety treatment that are always willing to listen.
Whatever your situation, one of the best things you can do to ease your anxiety is to simply talk about it.
Learn to Explore Your Anxiety
Talking to someone about your anxiety is a great first step. Another strategy that works extremely well is to explore your anxiety even further. Don’t just talk about it – feel it.
Anxiety is based on fear. And fear feeds on itself.
What happens when you tell an anxious person not to worry or “don’t be scared?” That’s usually the first thing they want to do!
The best thing you can do to ease your anxiety is to actually shed some light on it. Expose it for what it is (a feeling of fear) and then sit with it for a bit. Don’t ignore it or try to hide it. Give yourself a chance to feel exactly what it is.
Once anxiety is brought into this light, it becomes less scary. With fear out of the picture, anxiety slowly starts to fade into remission.
Sweat It Off
When it comes to feeling anxious, there really is only one immediate way to feel better – physical exercise.
Anxiety tends to manifest itself in negative energy. Unless that eergy is expelled through some form of healthy exercise, then it will begin to rear its ugly head in unhealthy ways.
Think of your anxiety similar to a dog’s. When you forget to take Fido out for a walk, what happens? He probably gets extremely bored or frustrated and may dig holes into the lawn or your brand new couch.
Exercise chemically changes your brain and what’s going on in your body. Go for a run the next time you’re feeling anxious and experience the relief for yourself.
Anxiety is certainly no fun for anyone. Many times, simply talking about your anxiety offers relief. Other times, it takes a little bit of extra work to exercise it away or expose it for what it really is. Find whatever works best for you so that you can get back to living the good life again.