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Five Tips To Help You Cope With Anxiety

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Andy Core is an expert in Work-Life Balance, Wellbeing, and Peak Human Performance.

Anxiety can be a beast. It can make you illogical, overwhelmed and terminally negative, and anxiety doesn’t jut affect your life. It affects anyone who comes into contact with you.

Listed below are five tips to cope with anxiety:

Jot down things that you are worried about: Make it a habit to write down anything and everything that worries you on a notepad, on your smart-phone, your laptop or your office desktop. Basically anything you can find. Whenever you start to feel a little anxious, just jot down your thoughts right away at that very moment. Writing your thoughts down requires a bit of manual labor and is harder work than just pondering and brooding over those thoughts. Just tell yourself that you are only allowed to write about your negative thoughts not just sit and contemplate over them. This technique gradually will decrease your practice to think negatively and pessimistically all the time.

Set a specific time period each day when you are allowed to be anxious.  Opt for a few 15 minutes anxiety-intervals, where you can worry and be anxious about whatever seems to be bothering you. During these intervals, instead of fighting these thoughts or trying to correct them, you should center these timeouts around your negative thoughts only. However, for the rest of the day try not to think pessimistically or be anxious. If still anxious thoughts try to surface during the day, just jot them down and tell yourself that you’ll ponder over them during your next “anxiety-interval”.

But Be Honest. Keep in Mind That There is Nothing You Can Do. There’s a line in Everybody’s Free by Baz Luhrman that goes, “Don’t worry about the future; or worry, but know that worrying is as effective as trying to solve an algebra equation by chewing bubblegum.” I love this line because it’s so true. We have no idea what will happen tomorrow. The only thing we can do is to be the best version of ourselves today.

This brings me to my next point.

Live in the Present. All you are able to do is handle the very moment that is occurring now. And the only thing you have any control over in this moment is your perspective on what’s happening. If you’re a negative person who has anxiety problems, I’m sure that your brain often sees things in a negative light rather than a positive. The good news is that you can train your brain to be hopeful and positive rather than with bitterness and blame.

Train your Brain to Be Positive. This might sound silly or even impossible, but honestly, the best way to become positive is to see the world with a more forgiving, open thankful perspective. To get your brain on this track, take some time everyday to be thankful. That’s right. Take at least ten minutes a day to be in the quiet of your mind and list off the good things in your life. Take deep breaths and smile. There will be times when this is the last thing that you want to do, but I promise that every time you do it, you’ll feel better then you did before. Also, when something happens to you that is negative, take the time to think of one good thing that may come from this. If you try to do this every time you’re anxious or annoyed, eventually you’re brain may do it automatically.

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