Beating Anxiety

Sherpa Sense:

There are effective ways of dealing with anxiety. Don’t let it get you down. 

Do you fret about the future or mull the past over and over? Does going into a social situation cause a headache, a stomach ache, a racing heart or sweaty hands?

“Sometimes the best thing you can do is not think, not wonder, not imagine, not obsess.  Just breathe, and have faith that everything will work out for the best.” Unknown

Let’s Yak:

 Some techniques that may help in reducing anxiety include:

  • Breathe. When you feel those anxiety demons creeping up on you, take a few deep breaths and blow it out!
  • Refocus your mind on work you are doing, hobbies you love, or just think “how can I be more peaceful today?”
  • Try to get regular sleep. A well rested body can combat anxiety better. 
  • Take a walk. Get outside and move and if you can find a beautiful park to visit.
  • Eat and drink healthy. Too much caffeine, alcohol or junk food, not good! Everything you put into your body affects us physically and mentally.
  • Dab lavender oil on your collar bone.

Instead of thinking what else can go wrong, think about what actual good is coming from worrying? What if we thought of all the good things that can happen to us rather than all the negative?  Your thought process can literally change you….for the better. When the negative thought forms in your mind, acknowledge it and then move right past it to a positive thought. Offset every negative thought with a positive thought.

The simple practice of giving your worries over to a higher power each day is very calming and effective. One practice I use daily that really works is to say “God, I surrender it all to you, please take care of it.”

And if all else fails and you feel you can’t get your anxiety under control, think about seeing a therapist, counselor or your physician.  

Take a Hike:

The next time you feel anxiety building, try one or more of the techniques above and see if you feel calmer and more peaceful.

Yakety Yak:

Two of my children have anxiety to the point where they saw a family physician about it.  The Doctor prescribed a medication that has helped them tremendously cope with daily life.  Do try the above suggestions but know that if they don’t work there are medical options available. It might take a few months to get the right medication but if it is helpful it is worth the wait.

Peak Lookout:

Check out this one too –Gratitude, It’s A Choice

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