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Can Anxiety Be Controlled?
Anxious thoughts can make a person feel lost and out of control. When you become anxious, your mind has become overly busy and throws at you all sorts of stuff. Thoughts, old and new along with possible futuristic events suddenly become the fears that overwhelm you.
Anxiety is just another way of saying your thoughts aren’t being managed properly and have begun bouncing all over the place. Anxiety approaches the mind when thoughts have been unattended for too long. These thoughts become circular and can become turbulent to your mental health. Our minds are to be managed and controlled, by paying attention to and funneling thoughts that don’t coincide with the innate being that you are. Basically anything thought that doesn't make you feel well, needs to go. I know this can seem really hard and at times it is. But practice, patience, and persistence always win!
Your thoughts can be changed and managed by you. You are the author, creator, and dictator of your mind when you're in control of your thoughts. When you feel lost and out of control, bring your attention back to the fact that you are in charge.
1. Think About What You’re Thinking About
Notice what thoughts you are allowing to circulate and take up space in your mind. Pay Attention. Your thoughts produce your feelings and your feelings are the emotional frequency that attracts back to you, your reality.
Some forms of anxiety produce overwhelming symptoms of stress that are out of proportion to what is taking place. This also makes it difficult to set aside worry and restlessness for unknown events. Some anxiety can be more debilitating than others and linked to an overwhelming amount of stressful disruptions throughout the day.
Choose to replace negative thoughts with positive ones. Be purposeful when you think, this is how to control what you feel. Make this your daily practice and watch your anxiety slowly diminish.
Do you know what’s most important to you? Have you discovered the steps that need to be taken to make things happen for you? If not, take a moment to prioritize your to-do list; As this is another way to reduce anxious thoughts before they start.
There are lots of things that need to be done, true. However, everything doesn’t deserve your time and attention. Prioritizing tasks takes mental pressure off and allows you to work smarter, not harder.
Prioritize your to-do list and complete each task according to how you see fit. Each task calls for your full focus and attention. Giving any one thing your full attention reduces the risk for mistakes by 90% (this works with people you interact with too)! Not only that, but giving each task your full focus, increases your awareness, therefore stopping anxiety in its tracts.
3. Yesterday Does Not Define Today
Learn from and move past whatever has been paralyzing you. Holding on to painful memories will keep you stuck there to relive each day, let go. Make the choice not to allow anxious thoughts of yesterday to steal what you can accomplish for yourself today. This is how you enjoy a better tomorrow.
When difficulties come into fruition, it can seem difficult to pick thoughts that are opposite, but you can. Like attracts like therefore, whatever thoughts you circulate will continue. Your old recycled thoughts will continue until you choose new thoughts to ponder on.
Every day is a new day! Look at life from a new attitude when you wake up. Yesterday's affairs are over, the lessons learned were steppingstones. Build a better today. Know what you want and move toward it with purpose. Today is full of unlimited opportunities. Make the intention to have an open mind and start fresh, taking one step at a time.
When you find yourself lost in thought, take a minute and allow your thoughts to flow easily, while breathing steadily and deeply, in and out. What you resist persist so fighting your thoughts won't change much. Focusing your attention on your breathing detaches you from anxious thoughts while providing a healthy escape for unhealthy feelings to dissipate.
Thought alone is powerless. Inner wisdom is the link for deciphering the truth and is only made known when your mind is silent. To understand the happenings of the past, that is displeasing to you, dig deep, ask your inner self what you need to know, and the answers will be given to you. Be led by the voice not in your head but your heart and know yesterday does not define your tomorrow unless you make this your truth.
Love More Fear Less
4. Opinions Are Not Facts
Nobody's opinion will ever define you unless you honor their opinion over your own. If you feel other people can define you by their approval or disapproval, you are no longer operating according to who you are, but according to their expectations of you.
When people don't fully understand their value, they tend to look for approval from other people. Adapting to the behaviors that only align with standards given by another as an adult can be debilitating, further distorting your sense of self. This distortion produces doubt in your abilities which is one of the causes behind the belief that you fall short in life.
From this moment on, decide to be independent of other people’s opinions of you. A lot of people have anxiety because they fear they don’t measure up to someone else's opinion. Other people’s opinions are not your facts. Opinions are made of up recycled thoughts and judgments, they hold no importance. Do not confirm or deny your identity based on another. There's no point.
There will always be naysayers, learn to look past them and focus on the positives you have. Simply choosing to learn all you can about yourself, enables you to lean not on what others have to say, but instead on inner wisdom of self, your truth.
5. False Evidence Appearing Real
Life supports and reinforces back to you through the life you live. Fear is made up of past traumas and the dread of them reoccurring now or in the future. The dread of these conjured up outcomes cause you to feel more fear and the cycle continues.
When you continuously think and feel fear, you are attracting people, circumstances and situations to your reality to be feared. Fear attracts more fear. To overturn fear to fearlessness, you must know the truth about fear first.
Fear, simply put is False Evidence Appearing Real. Being in a fearful state ignites your flight or fight response 24/7. If you’re afraid then, of course, you’ll be anxious too. The two go hand and hand. Go from being a victim of life to a victor of life and say no to fear, because you can.
Love and fear are opposites. Love cast out fear. If you're fearful, remind yourself that you are love, even if you have to give it to yourself first.
You Can Heal Your Life by Louise Hay
6. What Do You Believe
Some things are out of your control. When circumstances happen that you don’t understand, it is vital to remain positive and know things will work out and then they do. Your belief is your power.
What have you been believing about yourself when things go wrong? Are you optimistic and know that all possibilities are available for you too or do you become pessimistic and hopeless by default? You have a choice on which side you’ll stand on. Your decision affects your outcome. So be okay when things aren’t okay. Know things are working out for your greater good because they are.
This content is for informational purposes only and does not substitute for formal and individualized diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed medical professional. Do not stop or alter your current course of treatment. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.
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