I believe that although stress and anxiety seem very similar, they are very different with different connotations. Stress comes from an event or a thought that can make us angry or frustrated, whereas anxiety comes from a feeling of fear, worry or unease.
Going back to basics so that we make better lifestyle choices will help us alleviate anxiety, or at least reduce it. When we step back, think about things and take control we limit the amount of stress we get to deal with.
Some of the following information will also apply to handling stress too:
- We must learn to communicate so that we get to deal with our problems effectively. It’s easy to bottle up feelings, which in the short term may work, but in the longer term won’t work at all. Issues tend to escalate the longer we leave them, they don’t go away;
- If we can divide the bigger problems into pint size portions, that cuts down on anxiety. If you have someone you can confide in that will also cut the problem down to size. It will also stop you lashing out at the ones you love;
- Lifestyle chores can put us firmly in a rut. Change some of the order of how you work through things, so that you can bring more spontaneity into your life. You’ll be amazed at how much better you’ll feel doing something different;
- Slow down and take more time to eat with your family. Are you up too late, rushing breakfast down or skipping breakfast altogether; or are you out at the crack of dawn only to return home late from work? Perhaps it’s time to slow down and plan meal times in advance, so that meals aren’t rushed;
- Use past experiences as a tool to move on. Don’t dwell on what’s been. See your past as an opportunity to build new foundations. We can’t change the past, but we can change how we perceive our experiences in the past. That will always help cut down on anxiety.
Anxiety can be controlled. I also believe once we see life in a different, more positive light we may eliminate anxiety altogether. I think many of us may be aware that we have anxiety; but we either don’t know how to change it; or choose not to because it will take us out of our comfort zone.
We can change the way we perceive things in the same way we choose to live our lives. We must use and seek out opportunities to think about how we can change some of our issues and how we can go on to build better, less stressful lives for ourselves.