How to Deal With Anxiety In Today’s Turbulent World
Okay, so besides the normal day to day hustle and immense stress of daily living in the modern world, we now still have a pandemic to contend with and the uncertainty if the vaccine will truly be the solution.
Unfortunately, dealing with anxiety has become somewhat of a normal part of life for many individuals in the world today. Although this problem is not necessarily a new phenomenon, there are certain aspects of these times that have made the issue worse.
Our world is so deeply connected through the internet, social media and other forms of media, people today are not only exposed to the issues in their immediate environment. Instead, we are shown all the bad things happening across the entire globe. And on top of this, we are expected to juggle many more responsibilities at one time, and all of that while being as productive as possible.
Although anxiety certainly varies in intensity and frequency from person to person, there are a few ways to deal with the problem that are beneficial for anyone.
Here are a few of these techniques to help you with some of your anxiety and to hopefully improve your overall quality of life.
Live In The Moment
The only point in time in which you will EVER exist is right now.
That's so obvious, you may say. But isn't it ironic that most of us dedicate the bulk of our mental energy to the past or future?
Anxiety is great at causing us to replay past mistakes in our head and constantly worry about things that may or may not happen in the future.
A big part of dealing with anxiety is to live in the moment, or being mindfully, as it is also called.
This means focusing all of your physical and mental energy on what is going on right now. Not only does this simplify life, it also allows you to get the most out of your limited time.
Trying to deal with your entire past and future on a constant basis makes it virtually impossible to appreciate what is right in front of you.
2. Control What You Can Control
This includes global and community issues as well as problems in your personal life.
What you need to realize is that the weight of the world is NOT on your shoulders, even though it can certainly seem like it at times.
Anxiety tells you that you should be worried about solving problems that are way out of your hands.
In reality, focusing on the issues that you actually have the ability to resolve is a much healthier response to a problem-filled world.
3. It’s Okay To Not Feel Okay
Another side effect of anxiety is a feeling of isolation. People experiencing anxiety often to feel like they are the only ones dealing with this issue.
Because of this perspective, we often feel like everyone else is much happier than we are, like we won’t be accepted if anyone else knew the extent of our anxiety. It is so important to realize that this is far from the truth.
Everyone around you is experiencing some degree of anxiety or mental hang up. You are far from alone. Don’t feel like you have to go through life acting as if everything is okay when it isn’t.
4. Get Help If You Need It
Finally, if your anxiety is something you are having trouble dealing with on your own, then don’t!
There is absolutely nothing wrong with seeking professional help for this issue. Ironically, our society welcomes getting help for even minor physical ailments but acts as if doing the same for a serious mental issue is taboo.
Consider this, if you had the flu, you would most certainly seek the appropriate doctor to take care of it. Why would you not seek someone who is medically trained in alleviating mental health issues if you are dealing with anxiety?
A good place to start would be to talk to your family doctor, a psychologist, counselor, friend or - a trained Happiness and Success Coach like DocChristine!
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