If you’re preoccupied with “what ifs” and worrying becomes a problem, you may suffer from anxiety.
Chronic worrying is a mental habit that can be broken. It’s possible to train your brain to stay calm and gain a more positive outlook.
Prevention of anxiety essentially involves an awareness of life’s stresses and your own capability to cope with them. If you want to put a stop to anxiety attacks or even just anxiety, you need to add some quick-fix approaches to way of life.
Accept uncertainty. Thinking that you can change things that cannot be changed, and vice versa, plays a huge role in anxiety. Chronic worriers can’t stand doubt or unpredictability. It’s either they want to know what’s going to happen or if they can do something about it when they can’t. Thinking about all the things that could go wrong doesn’t make life any more predictable. Focusing on worst-case scenarios won’t keep bad things from happening.
Control your breathing. It’s relevant to slowly breathe in and breathe out when you’re feeling anxious. If you can barely think or stay still, then it’s likely that your heart rate is up and that you feel like you can’t get enough air. Take time to close your eyes, and focus on a smooth breathing. This can also be a good exercise even if you’re doing fine.
Reduce stress. Find ways to relax. Take breaks from your routine or plan a vacation in midst of your hectic schedule. If you enjoy a particular hobby, make time for it. Do things that make you feel better and more peaceful.
Eat well. Eating a healthy diet will make you feel better both physically and mentally. What you eat, though, matters too. Try to eat a wide variety of fresh, healthy foods. Include fruits, vegetables, and whole grains whenever possible. Avoid greasy, sugary, high-fat processed foods. What you food your body is also what you feed your brain.
Exercise regularly. One of the most important things one can do to cope with anxiety is to get regular cardiovascular exercise. Being active releases endorphins that lead to a reduction in anxiety. It doesn’t matter if it’s brisk walking, running, rowing, rollerblading, hiking, biking, dancing, swimming, surfing, – as long as it keeps your body lively.
Connect to the people around you. This can also reduce stress. Socializing can do a world of good.
If you think you suffer from chronic anxiety and worries, chances are you look at the world in ways that make it appear more unsafe than it really is. Breaking these bad thinking habits mean retraining your brain.
As you examine and challenge your worries and fears by following these simple steps, you’ll develop a more balanced perspective.