How to handle stress, managing it, reducing it, living with it – stress is a by product of life that I had previously never been able to get a handle on. And with all that stress, comes anxiety – the million-mile-per-hour (at many times contradictory) thoughts, rapid heartbeat, uneasy feeling in the pit of your stomach. All because you were so worried about what COULD happen in any given situation, not focused on what was happening at that very moment. 3 x Tips how to handle anxiety
1. GO OUTSIDE.
Many times when we’re sitting in an office or in our room, we give our minds too much power to think. In an enclosed space, we are mentally (and physically) shut in, and going outside has always helped me to distract myself from my own thoughts.
If you’re lucky enough to be outside and enjoy a beautiful sunny day, do take advantage of it. If there isn’t any sun, go outside anyway, and watch the world working around you. If you step outside of your immediate environment and place yourself in another one, you will notice small things that may inspire you, relax you, or motivate you to be grateful for the little things.
2. WRITE THINGS DOWN.
A smartphone is handy, but what about writing thing down in the old school way? There is absolutely nothing like a good old pen and paper. I tend to get most anxious when I feel like I have way too many things to do, and I’m not sure how to even get started.
When preparing to travel, I tend to freak out if I think I may have forgotten one tiny little thing. So I started writing things down – a list that I can check off whenever I’ve packed a certain item.
When working, you might get overwhelmed with the tasks that is in front of you, and questioning yourself where to start. Why not write a list what you want to get done for today. It will help you visualize and prioritize the thing you want to do. Just tackle each, one by one and hey it’s ok when not everything is done. Tomorrow is a new day!
3. PRACTICE, PRACTICE, PRACTICE.
Ever get anxiety about performing, presenting, or trying something new? It could be something as simple (or as terrifying) as going on a first date. The best way to lessen the hold that anxiety has over you, is to practice.
Go out on more first dates (Good excuse to get out right?) or have your bestie mock interview you in your PJs. Practice your craft. Do more of what you fear, and you will start to build the confidence you have lacked. Confidence is built with practice, believe it or not. Just push yourself to get out of your comfort zone.