Controlling anxiety

Although stress and anxiety seem very similar, they have very different implications. 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, and when we step back, think about things and take control we will limit the amount of stress we deal with.

Some of the following information will also apply to handling stress too:

  • Learn to communicate so you get to deal with your problems effectively. It’s easy to bottle up feelings and not say anything, but issues tend to get bigger the longer we leave them;
  • If you divide the bigger problems into bite-size portions, that will cut down on anxiety. Change some of the order of how you do things so that you free up more time;
  • Slow down and take more time with your family. Are you up too late, rushing breakfast down or skipping breakfast altogether, being out at the crack of dawn and returning home late from work? Perhaps it’s time to slow down and plan meal times in advance, so that you’re not 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 our perceptions on our past.  Anxiety and stress can be controlled. Once we see life in a different, more positive light we will deal with anxiety better.

Many of us will be aware we have anxiety, but we either don’t know how to change it, or choose not to because we’re afraid it’ll take us out of our comfort zone. But we can change the way we perceive things in the same way as 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.

15 Nov, 2011

10 thoughts on “Controlling anxiety

  1. Yes, a lot of very useful information in this posting.

    My anxiety usually leads to a severe depression if I let it go too far, so I need to keep it in check.

    Hopefully someday I’ll be able to let things go more easily and have a lot less stress!

  2. I tend to worry about things and this can lead to stress.

    I try not to worry about problems until a situation arises, as I have learned that things don’t always work out the way I had thought they might, so worrying was needless.

    I’m trying harder to address this these days.

    1. We tend to worry whether we think we have a problem or not. Just lifestyle choices and family stress can bring about so much uncertainty even if there isn’t an apparent problem looming!

      I totally agree with you that when we worry about things that can lead to stress and you are right to think that there would be no point to worrying about a problem if it doesn’t arise as one. We say that, but it’s not always easy to do.

      Pleased you’re trying hard to address these.

  3. I tend to worry about things, then I’ll all of a sudden have an anxiety attach just out of the blue.

    I guess it’s subconscious thoughts that cause them. Good information and suggestions.

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