By Mark Weeks
Your mind will never improve by chance, you must keep it in shape, like a muscle – it must be worked positively, nourished and rested often.
And, your life long quest is to remain vigilant to what you let enter into it. That is, if you wish to live with reduced anxiety, stress and self-imposed limitations.
Of course, we all have bouts of anxiety and burdening stress-levels, from time to time, it’s part of life. Many people weather the storm and calmer moments eventually come.
But it’s a scary fact, that today, nearly 40 million Americans live with an anxiety disorder, which is more than the occasional worry or fear.
Anxiety disorders can range from a generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), which is intense worrying that you can’t control, to panic disorder. Such as sudden episodes of fear, along with heart palpitations, trembling, shaking, or sweating.
For those with an anxiety disorder, it’s important to look into strategies that can help manage or reduce anxiety in the long term, such as therapy or medication.
However, everyone can benefit from other ways to reduce stress and anxiety with lifestyle changes such as eating a well-balanced diet, limiting alcohol and caffeine, plus taking time-out for yourself.
Give these 10 simple steps a read through and file them for a rainy day. They are proven to relax your mind and help you regain control of your thoughts. Pick one strategy at a time and see if it suits you.
After all, life is a continuous journey of discovering what works and discarding the stuff that serves no purpose.
1. Stay in your time zone.
Anxiety is a future-oriented state of mind. So instead of worrying about what’s going to happen, ‘reel yourself back to the present,’ says Tamar Chansky, Ph.D., a psychologist and author of Freeing Yourself from Anxiety. Ask yourself: What’s happening right now? Am I safe? Is there something I need to do right now? If not, make an “appointment” to check in with yourself later in the day to revisit your worries so those distant scenarios don’t throw you off track, she says.