Worrying is a normal part of life and honestly, it can be very beneficial in some situations. For example, worrying about your child or pet when they are sick can be good because it allows you to focus on the situation more intently, which allows you to know when something is getting worse and needs medical attention. Our worries can help us make good decisions in quite a few aspects of our life. However, if you are experiencing worries that are excessive, irrational, and even uncontrollable, you may be suffering from anxiety. Anxiety is becoming more and more common in our general population and yet still so many people are still terrified of admitting to themselves and to others that they may be suffering from it, so they do not get help. But, if you feel like your worries (or anxiety) is getting out of control, getting help really can benefit you so, so much and I highly recommend it. In the meantime, a few tips to help you deal with your anxiety might be helpful and I wanted to share some with you today. Here are a few tips for dealing with anxiety:
If you are having trouble with anxiety, taking a meditation class, or a workout class that talks about intentional breathing (if you are anywhere near Woodstock, there is a workout program called Hustle House that talks a lot about intentional breaths during stretching) can definitely be a starting place to trying to get your emotions and other symptoms under control. Next time you notice that your anxiety starts to engulf you, try taking a few deep, slow breaths. Breathe in for ten and out for eight. Once you get the hang of this, you can try to hold your breath before breathing out. So, 10 seconds in, hold for 5 seconds (this can get longer as you get more skilled at intentional breathing), and then breathe out for 8 (this can also get longer). Now, this may not help everyone all the time, but simply stopping to breathe and really concentrating on your breaths can help restore balance and calm you down, mostly by getting you out of your head.
What is actually going on?
It is very easy to focus on the physical symptoms of anxiety. When you feel out of control and your heart rate starts increasing or you start shaking, you may feel like those signs and symptoms that point to your anxiety is what is wrong, but try to focus on the root of the problem – what is really wrong, deep down, past the obvious signs and symptoms? In order to figure out what is causing your anxiety, you really need to figure out what is bothering you by exploring your thoughts, feelings, and emotions. Keeping a journal can be a great way to navigate your feelings because you are able to write down all of the things that are bothering you as they arise. Once you figure out what is wrong, deep down, it will be easier to figure out how to get your anxiety under control.
What can change?
Life can be unpredictable and scary, but you have to come to terms with the fact that you cannot control everything. In fact, a lot of the time, anxiety stems from something that has not even happened yet. For example, my friend struggled with anxiety about her house catching on fire for the longest time. Anytime she left, she was concerned that her hair straightener was left plugged in, etc. Of course, you can try to make sure that your items such as a hair straightener and more are unplugged, but at the end of the day, you cannot always control or prevent a fire from happening – you can only try your best to prevent it, so it should not be something that is always present in your mind. While you cannot control what happens, you can control how you deal with the unknown. What can you change in your life to make this easier?
Sometimes, anxiety, depression, and feelings of being overwhelmed can get the best of you, and it’s too hard to get relief on your own. If this is the case, you should definitely get some help. Pure Hypnosis | Sean Wheeler can help. He is an Atlanta hypnotist who is there to help people who are struggling with relationship issues, smoking, weight loss, fears, and so much more. His reviews and effective sessions speak for themselves, but Sean has also made dozens of appearances on TV and radio, as well. “Most recently, Sean appeared on “The Bert Show” on Q99.7, 11Alive, USA Network’s hit reality TV show Chrisley Knows Best and Star 94’s The Jeff and Jenn Show. Sean has also appeared as an Expert Forensic Hypnotist on the nationally-syndicated hit show Swift Justice with Nancy Grace. He became known as The Heartbreak Hypnotist® for his success in helping people with relationship issues on Atlanta’s most popular morning radio program – Q100’s “The Bert Show.” He also received attention for helping popular radio host Jenn Hobby to stop smoking in 2010 (she’s still smoke-free!). Sean has also appeared on CNN, CNN Headline News, CNN Accent Health, ABC, NBC, CBS, Atlanta’s B98.5 FM and Food Network Radio, and has been featured in both Fitness Magazine and Eidé Magazine.” Pure Hypnosis can help if you are struggling – just try it out!
Focus on the good
It’s easy to focus on the negative situations in our life – I get it, but if you try your best to focus on the good and the positives, it can completely change your outlook on your overall life (or at least your day!). Take it one situation, or one day at a time and go from there. The more you can focus on the positives, the better. Also, try to surround yourself with people who do the same and bring each other up instead of down.