Where Do I Start when I Feel Like Anxiety’s Winning?
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In this week's podcast we answer a question about how to handle anxiety when you feel like it's winning.
"The feeling of anxiety is horrible, and it seems that there isn't much left to do but let it win... what can I do?"
Points covered in this podcast...
1. Use some tools for peace of mind.
Anxiety can be very confusing and overwhelming and it's very hard to know what to do to feel better. We recommend starting with an effective technique like the
to take the edge off your anxiety.
In the podcast we describe an easy way for you to do this with audio so you don't have to deal with the added effort of trying to learn something new.
2. Note what makes your anxiety feel worse and cut it out of your diet or environment
Anxiety triggers to look out for include:
Violent, scary, or fast paced entertainment: music, movies, TV, video games.
Stress, social pressure, expectations, or confrontations
Keep a note of what you notice adds to your anxiety and see what changes you can make to reduce it's presence in your life.
3. The positive flip side to #2 - notice what helps you feel better and increase it
Look out for things that help you feel safe and more relaxed.
Things like creative activities, yoga, walking, inspiring reading, breathing exercises, guided relaxation.
Log what you notice reduces your anxiety (even if it's only a little bit) and see what changes you can make to include more of those things in your day.
Listen to the full podcast here (if your browser doesn't show the podcast player please listen on iTunes)
The MindMap below covers the basics of dealing with anxiety by paying attention to three key areas.
You can download and print it here for your own reference.