Reducing Anxiety

Anxiety is one of those unnecessary but common struggles in life. In most cases it is something that can be reduces with the right advice and lots of practice. Here are three tips to help you on your journey to overcome anxiety.

 

1. Try not to think about events too far ahead

You might think that I am saying to avoid planning, but I am not. I am an advocate for making plans. Make a 2 or 5 year plan if you can because it is a smart thing to do. What you don’t want to do is to plan and then stress about everything little thing that does not go according to plan.

 

I say avoid planning too far ahead to reduce the chances of you stressing about those little moments. Don’t take this advice and abuse it. What I mean by that is, makes sure you know deadlines for important things that you want to do and plan accordingly. Learn how to plan and yet be spontaneous at the same time.

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2. Make time for fun activities

Go hiking, running, rock climbing or walking. No matter what it is make sure you’re having fun. The fun can be as simple as baking cookies. The point is to do something that will help you not think about whatever it is that causes the anxiety.

 

The only problem with having fun is going back to reality afterwards. That does not have to be the case. Learn how to maintain that mindset that you have while enjoying your fun activity. Don’t forget that you have the power to not stress about life’s happenings.

 

3. Realize the difference between worrying and anxiety attacks

It is completely normal to worry it is one of the ways that the human body reacts to certain situations, but anxiety attacks start when we stay in the state of worry. Learn how to limit the amount of time that you worry.

 

The fact is that you will worry about something, but you don’t have to dwell on it forever. Learn to worry for a moment and then do something about it (if it is in your power to do so). If you can’t do anything to change whatever you’re worrying about then it is best to just let it go.

 

Counseling is available

When all else fails there are counselors that can help you! Contact a Morgan Hill counselor to help you through many situations, even anxiety. Don’t hesitate to set an appointment if you don’t see a change in behavior.

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