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Easing Anxiety - Tips and Tricks to Help Calm Yourself Down from Every Day Stressers

Updated on February 17, 2015

Please Note

while these options help, in most cases they don't get rid of the underlying problem. Sometimes anxiety is a problem that needs to be addressed with therapy. There are certain mental health facilities that can help get you in touch with a therapist for low costs or nothing at all. Please if you feel mentally unwell and nothing is doing the trick, seek a doctor.

Understanding Your Triggers

It is crucial to people who struggle with all type of anxiety to know where their triggers are. What really makes them tick. It can be very little things, big things, or a combination of things.

After knowing what triggers your anxiety you need to do some digging and think about the "why?".

For Example: Say leaving the house makes you anxious, why? Maybe you're worried about leaving the house because you are afraid of crowds and you don't want to be around a lot of people. Are you anxious about going to school and having to talk in front of the class? Maybe you're afraid of people making fun of you.

It is always good to make a list of these triggers and reasons so you can actually see them. It's much harder to understand what we can't see. So writing it down gives you the visual you really need.

Calming Your Triggers

Now that you know what the triggers are you can learn how to help calm them.

  • Deep slow breathing; try to calm down and keep your breathing steady. Heavy breathing can lead to panic attacks.
  • Thinking statistically. Honestly, statistics will help. How likely are your worries to come true?
  • Talk to someone. Sometimes just letting it out helps, it's okay to cry. Letting it out with someone you care about keeps it from building up and creating more problems.
  • Take a break. Sit down, take a drink, and take a warm bath or a nap.

What You Can and Can't Control

Often times people with anxiety struggle with control. Some feel they've lost it over themselves, and some people can't help but try to control others.

It's not crazy and it doesn't make you horrible.

With anxiety it's hard to keep control on your thoughts and it is even harder to let people around you do things that trigger your worries.

It's hard but letting go is very necessary, which can take a very long time to accomplish. You only have control over yourself.

You can't control others. You can't stop people from getting into accidents, or from getting hurt. You can only know that they are smart enough to prevent themselves from any dangers they can.

You can control yourself though. You can reclaim that control over your thoughts, you can control what you worry about.

What's good about your thoughts is while you can't stop them from entering your mind but you can control what you do with those thoughts.

A good practice is to visualize your thoughts, when you start obsessing over something that is ailing your mind just image your thoughts on a computer screen and dragging them to the recycling bin. When you worry about something you don't need to worry about, just think "delete". Don't let yourself think those ailing thoughts. Just say to yourself "I'm not going to worry about that." and keep repeating it and deleting the thoughts until your mind gets the picture.



Types of Anxiety

 
 
 
Generalized Anxiety Disorder
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
Panic Disorder
Phobia
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
Social Anxiety
 
 
 
If you have any of these above you fit into the anxiety category. If you majorly struggle with any of these please seek a therapist and get some help. Don't be afraid to ask for help.

Extra Tips

  • Exercise, meditation and yoga are all good for mental health.
  • Caffeine is not good for any one with anxiety.
  • Decaffeinated teas can help for calming, Republic Teas has a line for mental health that are reasonably priced.
  • Herbal Medications are available all around. Evening Primrose, Kava Kava, Passion Flower, and St. Johns Wort being amongst the popular ones(There are much more options out there). Some of these will counter act with birth control and St. Johns Wort can make for tougher menstruation.
  • If you don't feel better and feel unstable, seek a therapist and from there you can get medication and personalized help for your needs. It is never a bad thing to see a therapist.

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