Anxiety is a real energy zapper. And anxiety is real.
And as much work I have done on myself, as much as I have helped with this issue, there are times when I am reminded what it feels like to be anxious.
My visit to the Breast Health Center today was one of anxiety and ended joyfully.
It was bundled tissue. No abnormalities.
So what does that mean?
That I am healthy and the anxiety I was feeling was for nothing or was it?
As anxiety has become one of the most common reasons people visit the doctor, one really must look at it for what it is.
Anxiety is the not knowing, the fear of what might happen, the fear of expecting a bad result.
It is the fight response. When pushed into a corner, what is your default.
For me, my default is to go into control, to manage, to overwork. I go into do-ing. For others they may go into sleeping, others in anger and so many other responses.
None of these are bad, it is simply something to notice and to enjoy the feeling of whatever you are experiencing.
Do I waste energy on something that will never happen?
Do I play the what if game?
Do I expect the worst and then when the good happens, I am relieved?
Do I ignore it?
Do I embrace it?
Do I yell and scream and ask why?
The only time these become bad, is when you spend one year doing them.
Handling anxiety is possible but it takes some work and some know how.
Not handling anxiety creates more problems than what you really want to deal with in this lifetime so handling it while it is in the beginning is optimum.
7 Steps on how to deal with Anxiety
1. Exercise-30 minutes of physical activity every day will help your mood. Without it, you are not tired, you are not burning off the excess energy you have.
2. Meditate daily-5 minutes of meditation daily will slow your mind down long enough to breathe and to allow your body and mind to make decisions that make sense.
3. Sleep-Adequate sleep is so important. 7-8 hours of sleep is critical to allowing your body and mind to put things back where they are meant to be.
4. Handle events as they come up. Procrastination allows for things undone that nag you at the back of your mind. Handle things with urgency.
5. Clear any upsets you have. If you have an argument or disagreement, do not leave it. Handle it.
6. Forgive. You do not need to hold onto grudges. As Tim McGraw says in his song, “Bitterness keeps you from flying.” Not forgiving keeps you from enjoying life to the fullest.
7. Get the information you need. Do not wait to get the info, go get it. Do what you can to deal with your situation.