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Don't believe everything you think

Posted on 9 September, 2019 at 4:15
Anxiety is a word we hear often, it is a feeling we experience regularly, with many struggling with it daily. Anxiety can be overwhelming, limiting and extremely damaging to our confidence, a manifesting monster that begins small GROWING & GROWNIG until eventually that monster is part of us, living our life, stealing our voice, interrupting our days, a huge PAIN IN THE ASS. If anxiety is following you around, you don't have to live with it. You wouldn't hang out with an extremely annoying person would you? Yes sometime in life, you will come across annoying people, you may sometimes have to pass yourself with those people, however, you don't invite them to your home for a cup of tea, do you? Let's look at anxiety as one of those annoying people in life. There is no doubt about it, that anxiety will be present in your week. It's a natural feeling we all have, it's actually a positive emotion, if managed well. It is our protector. It is our guide. If managed well anxiety keeps us safe, telling us that something is up. Next time you feel anxious really explore the feeling, hold space for it, what is your body telling you? Are you not looking after yourself? Do you need to rest? If the anxiety is present around particular people or situations, what is it warning us off? Problematic anxiety can directly affect the way you think and behave. You may not even be aware of this happening. Psychological symptoms nclude: Feeling worried, tense or fearful for no obvious reason. Mood swings, lack of motivation and concentration. Overthinking and negative thought patterns. - Everyone experiences anxiety differently. There are lots of symptoms. can also present with physical symptoms, such as heart palpitations, tummy pains or headaches. Some people know their anxiety is triggered by a specific fear, while plenty more find that they're anxious for no apparent reason. Its important to take action if you notice signs of anxiety. Leaving them untreated can mean they get worse and lead to further health problems. Avoiding your triggers result in deeper secondary levels of anxiety. Simple Steps to manage anxiety. Journaling - Writing down thought is a powerful coping tool. It benefits anxiety in two ways: First, journaling provides an opportunity to release thoughts - something that far too many people hold inside. Second, writing down worries puts thoughts in a permanent place and tells your brain that it doesn't have to focus on remembering them as much. Breathing Techniques - Box breathing, also known as four-square breathing, involves exhaling to a count of four, holding your lungs empty for a four-count, inhaling at the same pace, and holding air in your lungs for a count of four before exhaling and beginning the pattern anew. Some people find it helpful to make a square with their hand to follow as they do this exercise. Distractions - Hold space for the anxiety and they move on, get creative, begin a creative task such as cooking, baking, drawing etc, it can be as simple as phoning a friend or going for a walk, the key is not to let the anxiety get the better of you. You've got his. Therapy - Should your anxiety be persistence or overwhelming you may need to seek professional help, talking through your feelings with a professional allows time for healing and will positively impact your life. Remember, anxiety management is about helping your mind learn to cope with stress better so that the symptoms of anxiety aren't as severe. Anything that promotes relaxation may be helpful. Learn to listen to your body, take your rest when you need it, look after yourself and make time for self care. You are stronger than any feeling, feelings are just temporary

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