The first step in addressing an issue is recognizing it. It is after you recognize the various forms it takes that you can take active measures to curtail it.
However, when it comes to anxiety, it may be a bit difficult for you to recognize it for what it is and address it. After all, the mind collapses into itself.
The trick though is knowing this anxious behaviours before the mind freezes and actively resisting their grip. But just how do you do this? Let’s find out!
A lot of people are inclined to believe that anxiety only exists in the mind. At best, they persist in mental monologues ( or dialogues) that last for a great span of time. However, anxiety is very much physical. If you pay close attention, you’ll see clearly that it reveals itself in the simplest physical acts like fidgeting, or staring blankly into the mirror for longer than you think you’ve been. Other signs include the obvious physiological changes that accompany it like sweaty palms and a mild quivering of the fingers.
If you are aware of these things, you can begin to know exactly when you’re anxious and take the necessary steps to being calm.
Once you recognize anxious behaviours, act immediately. There’s every tendency that if you don’t, you’ll collapse deeper into yourself and the strength of the emotion rises like an ocean wave. You want to tame it as soon as it rises. It’s the only way to truly ever curtail its effects before it gets a grip on you.
When you recognize you’re thinking too much about what you’ll wear to an occasion, time yourself. Give yourself about 10 to 15 minutes to arrive at a decision. Remind yourself that the most important thing is looking good and honouring the invitation. Don’t think too much about it. Reassure yourself. Say it out loud if you need to. It’s going to be alright!
Take Deep Breaths
Not the normal shallow kind of breathing that’s typical to most of us. Deep breaths! Not hurried, not hastened! Deep, slow breaths!
It’s just amazing how much power this simple technique holds. If you are in doubt, try it yourself. Close your eyes if it helps and gently inhale. Then let the air out slowly and think about something peaceful.
You can take this technique to the next level by meditating or practicing yoga. It helps to teach your body and your mind to be in sync and can ultimately help you to deal with anxiety.