Breathe. Hold. Release.
If you find yourself in a stressful situation, no answer from the job you applied to, an unexpected expense is overwhelming, uncertainty starts to creep-up your spine, and anxiety starts to take its place. Deep breathe-in and, slowly, breathe-out.
If it’s more than just a stressful situation, perhaps you sense a panic attack on its way, think about your senses and countdown. The website www.letserasethestigma.com, among other websites, recommends stimulating your senses when you feel consumed with anxiety.
“Right away: Look around. Find 5 things you can see, 4 things you can touch, 3 things you can hear, 2 things you can smell, and 1 thing you can taste.”
The key is to distract your brain’s attention from that anxious buildup. Find something to be thankful for, there is always something to be thankful for; it’s important to find that something and hold on to it. Smile. Often times we let our mind ponder away from the present moment, opening the door for stress and anxiety to seep in and take over. Remind yourself, “I am here. I am at peace. I am happy”.
If in an emergency, here is a link to free hotline numbers: https://www.mentalhelp.net/articles/panic-attack-hotline/.
Come back to the Present moment.
According to www.everydayhealth.com the buildup of anxiety is part of our natural response to stress, and its used in certain situations to keep us alert to sudden change. The problem occurs when this sense of anxiety hinders us from everyday activities and necessities, i.e. hygiene, professional and social life. For extreme cases, it is crucial to seek help, www.mentalhelp.net is a good place to start.
That heavy, anxious feeling usually starts with a negative thought which originates from a place of fear and doubt; soon it develops into a mountain of frustration. We’re afraid we’re not good enough for that job, we won’t be able to pass the test, we won’t be able to pay a bill. All of these are examples of valid stress-inducing thoughts, overwhelmingly consuming thoughts that take our attention away from the present moment. The next time a stressfully-frustrating situation arises, take it as an opportunity to rewire your brain/mind. Don’t let your anxiety take control of your awareness and wander off onto negative outcomes, instead re-direct your attention to the now, to the positive. By consciously re-directing your attention to the present moment, over time, you will teach your brain to not succumb to the glooms of anxiety.
Stay Calm. It’s all about timing.
Finally, remember that life happens in a timely manner, also out of your control, and stressing or getting anxious about it will not change a thing. Rather it affects your personal health. So, what’s the point of stressing about it, really?
Instead of allowing anxiety to take over, remember to smile, inhale deeply, release slowly, and come back to the present moment. Enjoy the ups and downs of life by not reacting to stress, remember, the choice is yours.
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