Techniques For Dealing With Anxiety

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Unwanted anxiety can cripple our performance at work, make daily life insufferable, and generally rob existence of its sweetness. Too often, excessive anxiety even has the effect of turning imagined threats into actual threats. Fortunately, life needn’t be dominated by anxiety. Even the most anxiety-prone individuals can take steps to lessen their fears’ hold on their lives.

One of the most basic methods of dealing with anxiety is relaxation. Most people, especially people who suffer from chronic anxiety, do not think that relaxation is something that can be “learned” or induced at will. Most people think that relaxation has to “come naturally.” Chronic worriers will often say of themselves, “I’m one of those people who just can’t relax.” However, most people are wrong. Many techniques exist to help normally anxious people bring about a state of relaxation within their bodies and minds.

One effective way to relax at will is to distract oneself from one’s worry. How to do this? How does one tell oneself not to think about something? It is easy. Simply stop thinking whatever it is that you are thinking about, and imagine a pleasant and calming landscape. Imagine a beach with palm trees; or, imagine an arid desert, in which the occasional lizards are the only sign of life; alternately, imagine a world you’ve seen in your dreams: perhaps a beautiful and intricate jungle temple compound. Or, think about the fanciful architectural drawings of A. G. Rizzoli.

If you are reluctant to imagine these scenes, because you can’t get your mind to let go of whatever it is you’re worrying about, consider this: worrying about a problem is unproductive. When you worry about a problem, you aren’t doing anything to solve the problem. Your mind is just presenting the problem to you over and over. Indeed, you probably have a better chance of solving the problem once you’ve relaxed and lfet it alone for a while.

Another way to achieve a state of relaxation is through breathing exercises. When you become overburdened with fearful thoughts, it often helps to pay attention to your breathing. Most likely, your breathing will be rapid, irregular, and inefficient. Your lungs are working too hard to provide you with too little oxygen, giving your mind the subconscious signal to start worrying because it isn’t getting enough air. Start taking slow, deep breaths. Try to set up a rhythm, so that you stop breathing irregularly. You will notice your physical well-being improve quickly. Paying attention to a mundane physical activity, such as breathing, is also a good way to forcibly divert your mind from whatever you’re worrying about.

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