Navigating Anxiety

Experiencing occasional anxiety is a normal part of life. As I write that statement, I know anxiety is real but sometimes it is hard to see everything falling apart at the same time and problems mounting from all directions. I took the garbage out and the garage door fell off its track.

In the fast-paced and unpredictable world, we live in, it is not a surprise that anxiety has become a prevalent issue. Anxiety is a common and natural emotion, but it can also cause physical symptoms, such as feeling restless, nervous or sweating, according to the Mayo Clinic. Anxiety disorders can affect daily life but can often improve with treatment.

Anxiety is a natural response to stress, perceived threats, or challenges we face in our daily lives. It is our body’s way of preparing us for potential risk triggering a “fight or flight” response. In my case, I wanted to fly but opted to call a repair person. When anxiety becomes persistent and overwhelming, it can interfere with our daily lives, and affect our relationships, work, and overall well-being.

Anxiety can be triggered by several factors. Everything from childhood experiences, trauma, or even a person’s disposition can contribute to anxiety. Everyday stressors can also impact a person’s level of anxiety. Issues like financial pressure, work-related challenges, and significant life changes can cause anxiety symptoms. Individuals with anxiety may find it challenging to engage in social activities or form meaningful relationships.

Living with anxiety can be difficult and affect all aspects of one’s life. It can impact one’s physical being. When you feel like you are reaching that point, there are ways to overcome anxiety. The journey to overcoming anxiety involves patience, self-compassion, and a willingness to seek support. Here are some practical strategies to cope with anxiety:

·        Practicing mindfulness and meditation can help ground us in the present moment, reducing the power of anxious thoughts.

·        Seeking help from a mental health professional, such as a therapist or counselor.

·        Prioritizing self-care and engaging in activities you enjoy along with exercising.

·        Deep breathing exercises can also help regulate the body’s stress response.

·        Learning to identify and challenge negative thought patterns.

·        Finding support from family or friends, or just having someone to talk to can make a difference.

Anxiety is a journey and everyone’s journey is unique. Living with anxiety is an ongoing journey that requires patience, self-compassion, and support from others. It is important to embrace your struggles and seek help when needed. It is okay to have anxiety as that does not define who you are. Remember that anxiety is a valid and a treatable condition. Seeking help is a sign of strength, not a weakness. Learn to implement coping strategies and practice self-compassion.



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