5 Things You Can Do Now to Stop Anxiety

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We are living in uncertain times, and as much as the coronavirus is what all media are focusing on, for most people it’s becoming secondary.

What comes first? Anxiety, depression, loneliness, despair… Mental health in general. The fear of not knowing what tomorrow will bring. The fear of losing a job, or perhaps having already lost it… The lack of financial security. The negative self-talk that perhaps is saying, “I should be further ahead…” or “I should have prepared for this…” The doubts, uncertainties and the feeling of letting someone down, AND so much more…

These are all things that cause a lot of stress. And this is why it is so important to stay present. In the now as they say…

I hear people talking about the future. A time that seems so far ahead right now…

Sometimes I get asked, “How will it be tomorrow?”
My usual answer is, “Tomorrow? I don’t know about tomorrow, but I can tell you about today if you want.”

Trying to find out how tomorrow will be, you will enter a territory where you have no control over and you will miss out on how today is and what you can do to create the tomorrow you want.

If you are going on a trip and you are only focussing on how the destination is, you will miss the whole journey. And instead of building memories, all that will remain is only a small little part of a magical story.

Stay in the moment. Ultimately today is all you have! Spend your time to create how you would like tomorrow to be. That’s all the control you have. And if you start doing this watch the anxiety fade away.

Remember, you will always be scared by what you don’t know, or what you can’t see.

So, if you allow me I would like to give you a little task for this week (and hopefully for the rest of your life). The task is to stay present while you spend your time creating the experience you wish to live tomorrow.

But if excessive fears and worries plague you, it is critical to figure out what you can do to stop the anxiety so that it doesn’t completely take over your life. If you have an anxiety disorder, it’s essential that you find simple strategies that can help you manage or reduce your anxiety. Here are five things that you can do now to help stop your anxiety before it gets out of control.

Understand the Anatomy of Your Anxiety

When you understand what your anxiety attack is, what causes them, and how your body responds, you can keep from becoming scared of the symptoms. When you can become unafraid of your anxiety symptoms, you can quickly put a stop to them when your mind starts to race with anxious thoughts. Knowledge is power, and the more you can understand your anxiety, the faster you can stop it from controlling your life.

Stop Scaring Yourself

Fear is the most common culprit behind anxiety. When you can refuse to allow yourself to become scared, you can effectively remove the primary reason for your anxiety. When you eliminate fear from your life, you can gain more control of your body’s emergency response system and take control of your anxiety.

Calm Yourself

Being able to calm yourself down helps to shut off the mechanism in your brain that causes anxiety attacks and ends your body’s stress response. The more you can calm yourself down, the faster you can stop the anxiety attack and start to feel better. A sure way to end, control, and prevent future panic attacks is to find out ways to calm yourself down.

Distract Yourself

Most anxiety attacks are caused and fueled by anxious thoughts. When you can distract your attention, you can effectively prevent anxious thoughts from taking over. As you avoid your thoughts from turning anxious, you can also put an end to voluntary anxiety attacks. Use autobiographies to find inspiration, or learn something that you love and will challenge you to become the best version of yourself.

Know That Anxiety Attacks End

No matter how powerful an anxiety attack can be, it will always end. While you can stop them faster by implementing some of the above techniques and methods, you have to remember that all anxiety attacks will end. Riding out the anxiety attack and knowing that it will end, can help you to stay calm and shut off the stress response and anxiety attack.

You don’t need to suffer needlessly. You can eliminate your anxiety attacks naturally with these simple tips. Also, you can check out my latest guide “Overcome Anxiety” on how to stop the cycle of anxiety, worry, and fear so you can regain control over your life, and get a FREE guide along the way.

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