Anxiety affects everyone at some point in their lives, some of us more than others. When anxiety strikes, it can be challenging, emotionally burdensome and downright stressful. Equipping yourself with the right knowledge and tools to combat anxiety is critical to not letting feelings of anxiousness and worry take over your life. Take note of these tips to reduce your anxiety levels:
Challenge negative thoughts.
It’s critical to think about whether or not your negative thoughts will change a situation. Ask yourself these questions: Is it a productive thought? Is it helping me achieve a goal? Is it benefiting me in any way? If your answer to these questions is “no,” there is no point in holding on to the negative thought. By taking a rational approach to your negative thoughts, you will not become paralyzed by your anxiety and keep each situation in perspective.
Learn to relax.
Incorporating mediation and fitness into your everyday lifestyle can do wonders for your anxiety. Diaphragmatic breathing can be a powerful way to calm your system and help you release negative energy. Exercise such as cardio and yoga are also great outlets for reducing anxiety and letting go of negative thoughts. Pick a method of relaxation that works for you and practice it daily. Over time, you’ll experience decreased anxiety and improve your quality of life.
Go to therapy.
Part of effective self-care for anxiety is recognizing when you need professional support and guidance. If you are experiencing anxiety that doesn’t seem to go away, reach out to a therapist who can empower you with coping skills. Your therapist will work closely with you on ways to prevent anxiety from having a negative impact on your life.
The most important thing to remember is that anxiety is not a sign of weakness. Anxiety affects every person differently, so it’s important to evaluate the best ways you can manage negative thoughts and feelings.
Are you seeking a professional therapist to help you manage your anxiety? Schedule a consultation today with Joseph Montaldi, licensed clinical social worker, based in San Antonio, Texas.