Anxiety is another word for worry or stress!
It’s basically a fear of something that isn’t even dangerous. Which means it’s irrational. It’s only a REAL fear when it’s something legitimately dangerous (like falling from a high-rise) because that can hurt you.
Anxiety is just an annoying little feeling that we perceive as a serious threat. We can experience anxiety regarding just about anything! Here are a few common ones: relationships, failure, loss, rejection, other peoples’ emotions, identity, and other peoples’ perceptions.
If you often describe yourself as unsettled and overwhelmed – or if you have trouble sleeping or relaxing – you might be struggling with anxiety!
Here are 7 ways to BEAT anxiety:
1). cardio exercise – check out my post for a fun workout that leaves me anxiety-free!
2). deep breathing exercises – inhale and hold for 4 seconds, exhale slowly. do this for a number of minutes and you will physically feel your heart rate began to decrease.
3). relaxation or meditation – I enjoy a bath with these scented bubbles!
4). find a healthy outlet – I like sports and dance. My husband likes strategy games. Do what you WANT to do for 30 minutes and you’ll notice a huge difference in your day!
5). learn basic cognitive skills. This is essentially learning to control your thinking instead of letting your thinking control YOU. Reading a book can help in tangible ways. I suggest this one!
6). seek professional help – only after you’ve continuously tried these other coping methods and still have full blown panic attacks. There’s nothing wrong with asking for help!
7). The ultimate solution to anxiety is trusting God that whatever you’re nervous about…….will be taken care of. I have a coffee mug that says “Trust God and Let It Go” and I smile every time I sip from it. Dwell on this beautiful reminder today and every day, “Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need and thank Him for all He’s done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.”