Anxiety is your body and mind’s tool to keep you safe, but sometimes it becomes too strong or too constant. Constant worry and worst-case-scenario thinking affect your quality of life, while those with chronic anxiety have certain biological factors that contribute to their experience of it. To help you cope with your symptoms, here are some habits to help you address your anxiety.
Don’t Bear the Burden Yourself
First, prime your expectations by acknowledging that anxiety is not something you can completely control. If you suspect you have an anxiety disorder, consider contacting a psychiatrist or your general practitioner. If your symptoms warrant and your doctor recommends this, medication can help you. Ideally, a combination of therapy and medication addresses clinical anxiety well. Also, for all levels of anxiety, you can rely on loved ones to come alongside you when your symptoms worsen. They can help you process otherwise convoluted feelings and thought patterns. In general, don’t try to go it alone.
Break Your Day Into Micro-Decisions
Sometimes, anxiety seems insurmountable because overcoming it seems too large a task. A mental habit to help you address your anxiety is to break your day into micro-decisions to make limiting your anxiety a more manageable process. For instance, if you become anxious at the thought of driving, don’t feel pressured to jump right behind the wheel and begin driving. Implement a plan to conquer your fear of driving by slowly exposing yourself to what you fear. Start by sitting in the driving seat, then turning on the ignition, and then going from there as you grow more comfortable.
Focus on the Essentials
Finally, focusing on essential tasks such as cooking and sleeping sets a solid foundation for managing symptoms further while keeping your body healthy. While cooking can seem like a daunting task, find an easy, healthy solution to start. One option is to create a routine of making yourself the same fruit and vegetable smoothie and broadening the food you prepare from there. Additionally, creating a consistent sleep schedule evens out your emotional state and introduces some predictability and control into your otherwise anxiety-inducing day.