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Written by Paul Conway
Mind over Mood - Tackling Anxiety
We have a choice
It may be very difficult. It may be extremely difficult, but we do actually have a choice. When something annoying happens, we do not have to feel angry. When something tragic happens, we do not have to feel sad.
Heck; we don’t even have to feel happy if we win the lotto!
This idea of, choice can be very beneficial when tackling anxiety
The choice of anxiety
Anxiety is fear of the unknown. Fear of the future and all its possible outcomes and revelations. Although possibly very simplistic to say, we do indeed have the choice of anxiety. We do not have to feel intense fear for tomorrow (a little anxiety can be beneficial).
Through practice and time, the choice of not giving in to anxiety will become easier and more repeatable.
Perfecting the choice
Like all things good in life, perfecting the choice takes time, practice and patience.
In saying no to anxiety it can be helpful to look at the past:
Have you had anxiety over a similar thing/event?
Was your anxiety warranted?
Did your anxiety help or hinder?
On first saying, No to anxiety, it is common for your fear to spike. Resist the urge to give in and it will subside. Anxiety works on a curve as shown below.
In addition, try the following, to help you beat the curve:
Mindfulness & Meditation
Deep, slow, purposeful breaths
Acknowledge anxiety for what it is, and don’t engage
You have chosen!
Saying no to anxiety or any negativity in life is not easy. In fact, it can be extremely difficult, but rest assured the choice is always there, even when it seems so unlikely and far away. With practice and perseverance, the idea of choice will seem more plausible and approachable
And always remember - You’ve got this!
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