Defeating Anxiety - The Better Side of Your Mind
Apr 10, 2019
Anxiety. A topic few talk about, but many suffer from. As you may know, anxiety can be debilitating with an unwelcome grasp over your life; but how do you learn to walk away from it? Defeating anxiety isn't exactly easy, but gaining control is right at your fingertips.
Mediation- When you
mention anxiety, almost everyone in the room starts to shout about how
meditation changed their lives. It might not seem to help at first, but
sometimes sitting down in silence is a great way to hear
your brain express why you're anxious. Even when your anxiety may seem
to come from nowhere, focusing on what you're anxious about and why
might be the best way for you to help eliminate it.
Cutting Caffeine- When
you're mid-panic attack, you might feel an overwhelming adrenaline rush
that nearly takes your breath away. One thing that could possibly be
contributing to your anxiety could be as simple as a
cup of coffee. Caffeine is a stimulant that helps bring your energy up,
but it also stimulates your adrenaline flow which leaves your mind in
hyperdrive. If you can't eliminate caffeine from your daily life, even
minimizing your intake might make a huge difference.
EMDR- Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing may sound big and scary but it's actually quite simple and effective as a treatment for Anxiety, Depression, and PTSD. EMDR consists of focusing on something that's moving and following it with only your eyes. For example, looking at a fish tank. Your eyes follow the fish but your head doesn't move. This helps your brain reset and turn off those anxious thoughts. If you have a moment of anxiety, try moving your finger in front of your face from side to side and follow it with just your eyes.
Journaling- Not many
believe it but journaling is an extremely helpful coping mechanism.
Writing down your anxious thoughts can be a big help with transferring
them from your mind to paper. Even if nobody reads them
or you burn the paper right after, it's already helped you express the
anxiety and can give you more peace of mind.
Medication- There are
always going to be people who are against treating anxiety with
medication, but what is right for you? When you feel like you've tried
everything and none of it has worked, it feels like you're
at your wits ends. Sitting down with your doctor to discuss if it's time
to treat medically may be your best option. Your psychiatrist may
prescribe you with a small dose as needed or consider a long-term
treatment option through medications. Whatever you feel
comfortable with is going to be the key with finding peace in your
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