If you're breathing, you're probably experiencing problems of some kind or another. Sometimes, they can loom large and seem overwhelming in size and consequences. Others can seem to be trivial and inconsequential. There's no way to avoid them completely. They will come up, whether you want them or not. When the big ones arise, and there doesn't seem to be an easy way around or through them, you get stressed out. And a constant feeling of stress will lead to bouts of anxiety.|
Dealing with the stress and anxiety can be stressful on its own. There doesn't seem to be anything that can help you deal with it. When the problem seems to be bigger than you are, you need to look beyond yourself to help you deal with the stress and anxiety. Don't try internalizing it. If you keep it within you, it'll just increase the anxiety and stress that you are feeling. There are a number of different things that you can do to help you deal with the feelings of turmoil and upset that you're experiencing.
Sometimes, all you need is a listening ear. Talking confidentially with a family member or a trusted friend can often help you deal with the anxiety that you're experiencing. Likewise, talking to church counsellors or psychotherapists can help you shrink the problem into something that seems to be much more manageable. Visiting a licensed hypnotherapist can also be of assistance. She can help you look at the underlying problem and see yourself as being already victorious. Or she can make you feel as though you are more than capable to deal with the problem that is triggering the anxiety that you're feeling. Lastly, if you feel as though you can't share your problems with anyone, you can always try self-help books or natural herbal products that might help you deal with the stress.
You might want to consider looking for medical assistance. A visit to your doctor might be of help. Not only can he or she be another listening ear, but he might be able to prescribe medication that will help, if the anxiety is causing health issues. You shouldn't feel ashamed about resorting to a prescription to help you. A health issue is a health issue, whether it be a broken bone or elevated stress levels. Sometimes, all you need is a little help to dissipate the anxiety, for you to be able to cope with the stress and the underlying problem.
Take Time for YourselfOne of the best stress-breakers there is is to be distracted. Getting your mind off of the problem at hand and onto something enjoyable can break the cycle of stress creating anxiety creating additional stress. Going to a movie, reading a good book, grooving to some favorite music, or going for a long, relaxing walk are great ideas to try. If you're feeling pressured, it is important to spend time for you. The quiet time, or the time spent laughing and enjoying life, will recharge your batteries and refresh your thinking. If you can think more clearly, you should be able to come up with solutions to the overarching problem.
Make a point of enjoying life. You must spend time for you -- for your own benefit. You must spend some time doing something that gives you pleasure, so that you'll be pleasantly distracted from your problems. You have to live your life with hopes and desires and dreams. The worst thing you can do is to let yourself think that your life is a continuing struggle. Imagine your life after the looming problem has come and gone. Imagine that you were successful in dealing with it, and imagine the joy and happiness that is waiting just on the other side of the difficulty. If you do that, and any of the other things we've looked at, your anxiety will melt away, and the trigger that caused the anxiety will switch from being one of those large ominous ones to one of the small, trivial ones.