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Do Not Let Anxiety Derail Your Success Journey

Updated on April 19, 2017

Are you anxious to achieve your life goals? In fact, there are experts who opine that anxiety is good because it motivates to a certain extent. But anxiety is similar to a dessert, that is tasty and that temporarily provides you with energy. It is impossible to live on desserts alone without harming your health. Not only that, the more dessert you consume, the more you will crave for it. Anxiety can also become an unmanageably big demon that may kill you. In short, anxiety can be a major hurdle in your success journey.

According to an estimate, more than 40 million Americans are struggling to cope up with the problem of anxiety. If this resonates with you, it is high time you swing into action to save yourself from its torture because it can cripple your body as well as the mind. So, what is the solution for this problem? One of the solutions, according to experts, is that you must learn to prioritize, do "first things first," and stop trying to do all the things at a time. As Paulo Coelho, who has authored "The Alchemist" puts it, “Discipline and freedom are not mutually exclusive, but mutually dependent, because otherwise, you would sink into chaos.”

Traffic rules are a classic example of how discipline provides us with freedom. If there are no rules or no traffic lights and traffic intersections, there will be chaos on the road and so, things may be dangerous for everyone. We cannot drive or commute safely. Similarly, if we put in place some sort of discipline in our lives and do our work in an organized manner, we can surmount the problem of anxiety to a great extent. Not only that, we can expect better output from our tasks as well.

Let us see how we can do this.

1. Apply your mind and prepare a list of things you must NOT do

Once you decide on the things you must not do, your stress level will come down significantly. Otherwise, you will have a nagging feeling in your mind that you have to do this task or that task. This nagging feeling may drain you emotionally. Once you tick off the tasks you need not do, you will have clarity over the tasks you have to do.

2. Stop checking your email in the mornings

If you check your email in the mornings, you will be loading unnecessary and unwanted information on to your mind. Of course, if you are an entrepreneur, if your work involves checking of mails frequently or if you have to plan your strategies based on the email messages you receive, you can check the mail in the mornings. Otherwise, it is a strict "no" to checking of emails during the golden hours.

3. Get up as soon as the alarm goes off

Some people are in the habit of hitting the snooze button when the alarm goes off. They think that they can get a little more sleep but most of these people tend to over-sleep. This ultimately leads to delays and so, they commit mistakes due to rushed work and anxiety. So, when the alarm goes off, you must get up immediately so you will have the required time at your disposal for carrying out your tasks. If you retire for the day by the same hour daily, you can easily get up at the scheduled time without any difficulties.

4. Never skip your workout regimens or other self-care rituals

Skipping your workout regimens or your self-care rituals such as meditating, practicing yoga, etc. can cause a nagging feeling in you and this may make you anxious. Not only that, regular workouts and rituals such as meditating or doing yoga may bestow immense health benefits on you and can keep you in good shape as well. “One hour of exercise gives me four extra hours of productivity each day,” says Richard Branson.

5. Learn to breathe properly

Most of us take shallow breaths which means we do not get as much oxygen as we should. Especially, when we are anxious and stressed out, lack of oxygen may worsen our problem. Biologically also, short and shallow breaths cause increased secretion of adrenaline, the hormone that is said to trigger the "fight or flight” response in us. On the other hand, if you learn to breathe properly and deeply from your belly, you will feel light and stress-free.

So, the right way to breathe is to take deep breaths through the nose. Once the belly is full with air, you must ensure to hold and keep the air in the belly for about 7 seconds. You must then exhale and let the air out slowly through your mouth. If you do this at least twice, you can feel that your anxiety has vanished. This may help you sleep well also during nights.

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    • denise.w.anderson profile image

      Denise W Anderson 

      17 months ago from Bismarck, North Dakota

      I wish someone had told the the list of "don't do's" a long time ago! Now that I have been dealing with anxiety for years, I have that list and I follow it religiously. I don't stay up late, I don't over eat, I don't pass up a drink of water, I don't eat sugar, I don't beat myself up when something goes wrong, I don't let myself get away with self-criticism, and I don't stuff my emotions. Since I have created this list, I am a much happier person, and less prone to have an anxiety attack!

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