Do you feel like you could be having a far better social life, if anxiety didn’t plague you day in and day out? If you have been neglecting your friends and family because of anxiety, then read this article. You don’t have to feel left out any longer, the following tips can help you.
Have a trusted resource to call on, whenever you may be subject to an attack. Be it a relative or friend, you should have someone who is aware of your condition and can help talk you through an attack. Having to face one alone is very overwhelming, and you will work through them quicker if you have someone to help.
A useful technique to manage anxiety about an event, or condition is to deliberately exaggerate, the outcome beyond all reason. Relate your concerns out loud to a friend, but describe the outcome you fear with as much emotion, and dramatic detail as you possibly can. When you are done, do it again. While it seems odd, research has shown that deliberately exaggerating the consequences that you fear, will often desensitize you to the trigger, helping you experience the absurdity of it all. This can allow you to place your concerns in a more realistic light.
Breathe easy. When you start to feel anxious, try to concentrate on breathing correctly. Inhale through your nostrils for about two seconds, and then exhale through parted lips for four seconds. Continue this routine for a full minute. Once your breathing gets back to normal, follow it up with a couple of minutes of soothing, positive self-talk.
You can effectively take back control of the disruption of your breathing by using a pattern to the intake and release of your breath. Count to yourself and breathe in as you allow feelings of relaxation to flow inside your body. For the best result, pick a spot that is quiet so you can practice controlling your breathing.
Meditate in the morning. Every morning, take fifteen minutes for yourself. Find a comfortable chair and close your eyes. Try to concentrate on a relaxing image, such as a peaceful scene, or the face of a loved one. If intrusive thoughts start to enter your head, repeat a mantra over and over, such as “I am relaxed”.
Eliminate negative vocabulary from your speech. Just using negative words, can bring you down and when you feel down, you are more likely to have an anxiety attack. Replace those negative words with words of encouragement or simple positive words. Use them in your conversations, as well as, your inner chatter.
There are certain foods that should be avoided, if you are trying to cut down on the symptoms of anxiety. Foods that are sweetened with sugar, those with processed white flour and caffeinated beverages should not be consumed very often. They will only serve to make your condition worse, than it already is.
Go ahead and feel a bit more comfortable about yourself and your future. You can rest assured that your anxiety will be gone shortly. Remember, the battle can’t be won in a day. It takes a little time to get rid of anxiety, but if you’re patient, then the results are very rewarding.