Identify the Cause
If you are anxious, the first step to feeling better is to try to identify the cause. Break down exactly what it is you are worried about.
However difficult it may seem, there is usually a solution to a problem, even if it is neither obvious nor easy to attain. The more you try to ignore the problem or pretend it doesn’t exist, the more out of control you can feel. The act of taking control, admitting there is a problem, is in itself, empowering and can induce a huge sense of relief.
Talk to Someone
When you are stressed or anxious it is easy to become quite isolated. You can feel embarrassed, you think you are the only one that will be feeling this way, you don’t want to worry other people or drag their mood down. The more you separate yourself from other people, the more isolated and lonely you become.
Reaching out to someone else can be scary but trying to cope on your own can often be much harder. Even if you don’t want to or don’t feel able to share the details of your difficulty, telling someone you have a problem can help you deal with it better.
Create a Toolbox of Strategies
Taking control and acknowledging there is a problem allows you to plan ways to reduce the chances of your anxiety getting out of control and also to have tools to hand to cope with it when it does.
One of the keys to controlling your anxiety rather than it having control over you is to practice good mental health awareness routines at the times when you are less anxious so they become almost automatic when you are experiencing difficulties. Such strategies could include:
Keep a journal
Relaxation and breathing techniques
Create a safe space
‘Go to’ song or poem
Take a break from social media