Conquer Your Anxiety: How It Works And 3 Way To Overcome It

By Saskia Frowijn on October 16, 2019

Conquering your anxiety can be a difficult task but remember, everyone goes through it. All of our futures are fraught with uncertainty and this truth can fill our head with fear, worry, and doubt. Anxiety can act as an anchor, weighing you down. At the same time, stressing can boost your awareness, memory, and motivation. So, how can you find the right balance between a healthy amount of stress and full-blown anxiety? Knowing how anxiety works and finding ways to cope will allow you to take control of your life and conquer your anxiety.

You’re the first speaker for your class presentation and all eyes are on you. Suddenly, your heart starts racing and your palms begin to sweat. When stressful thoughts pop up, your body sends signals to the Amygdala. This is the area in your brain that helps you process emotions. Then, the amygdala communicates your worries to the hypothalamus. The hypothalamus is responsible for releasing cortisol, or the stress hormone, throughout your body. Cortisol can cause you to experience high blood pressure, sweating, nausea, and elevated heart rate – to name a few. Understanding your anxiety symptoms is the key to conquering your anxiety. Start by writing down a list of all the ways your body reacts to anxiety. Take a moment and memorize the physical symptoms that you experience the most. The next time you are presented with one of these physical symptoms, you’ll know its anxiety! The sooner that you are able to recognize your anxiety, the easier it will be to overcome it.

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Now you know how anxiety works, but how do you conquer this beast? Well, you’re in luck because there are plenty of ways to cope with anxiety and all of them, require you to get out of your head. Whether you are stressing about school, money, relationships, or yourself – these 3 tips have helped countless people start their journey towards an anxiety-free life.

Misery Loves Company. Unhappy people find solace in knowing that others feel the same way. Make sure that the people around you aren’t constantly focusing on the negative aspects of life. Of course, everybody goes through hard times in their lives, but some friends have this way of emotionally draining you with their problems. Remember, friendship is a two-way street. Some people are not at that point in their life, where they’re able to be a good friend. Don’t let that hinder you – move on and allow yourself to be worry free!

Shake Your Groove ThingGet up and moving, because exercise is one of the best ways to combat anxiety! Yes, it can be a pain to make time or find the motivation to exercise. That is why you must choose some sort of physical activity that brings you joy. For some people, that means taking their dog on a long walk. For others, it’s dancing around their living room to their favorite song. Whatever you choose, make sure that it sparks happiness inside you.

So, how exactly does exercise help anxiety? Well, research shows that distracting yourself from negative thoughts reduces anxiety. Exercising is a form of adult recess, it is one of the few times of the day where we put aside our worries. Furthermore, the physical symptoms of anxiety and exercise are practically the same. Except, exercise allows you to experience these physical symptoms in a healthy way. Repeated exercise allows your body to become more tolerant of these symptoms, therefore reducing your anxiety.

Breathe, honey! When you feel anxious, take deep breaths. I know, at first it seems stupid, but it really does work. Breathe in, then breathe out for as long as you can. Repeat this step until you feel your anxiety melting away. Just like exercising, breathing reduces anxiety, because it distracts you from overwhelming thoughts. Some people feel uncomfortable focusing on their breath, so count! Whether it be counting the number of cars passing by or the number of tiles on the floor, counting is a great distraction technique that helps reduce anxiety.

Saskia is a Dutch freelance writer living in Texas. Apart from her passion for psychology, she enjoys traveling, cooking, and spending time with her dogs. Her goal is to be an honest and transparent journalist that helps people make informed decisions.

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