Have you ever struggled with anxiety?
If you have, you’re not alone.
It’s incredibly common.
It might be the mental health issue that people ask me about the most.
Anxiety takes all kinds of shapes.
It can be the nebulous, full-body, “I’m floating through my day” kind of anxiety.
It can be more acute, a feeling focused on one event or person in particular.
Or it can be more generalized and focused on needing to be social or needing to show up at work in a way that is not your authentic self.
Whatever it is, it’s usually not a pleasant feeling.
For me, it’s taken a long time to deal with and address my anxiety
I still feel twinges of anxiety throughout the day, and it’s likely I always will.
Fortunately, I’ve learned some tactics over the years that have helped me break out of the anxiety spell.
I can’t say they will work for you, because every person is different.
But I share them with the hope that you find something you can use.
Take action -Anxiety grows when we’re stuck in Inaction Mode. Taking action, whatever it may be, however it may look, changes your position and changes your mental outlook. You can’t have the rigid thinking when you’re moving and acting in a different way than you have been.
Reframe your thinking - Ask yourself, “What would my ideal self do? What would so-and-so do? What would someone without anxiety do? You are not anxiety. Your brain is just predisposed to anxiety. Picture yourself as someone else. Could you take the action they would take? You might find it’s easier to get started that way.
Ask the right questions - When there is anxiety, there is usually an underlying issue (or two or three) going on that has not been considered. Are you dwelling on something you said earlier in the day? Do you feel that you’re not being who you want to be? Are you having an identity crisis? Get in the habit of asking yourself powerful questions. You usually already have the answers you need. A powerful question can unearth them.