Got anxiety disorder? cure an anxious mind
Self managements tips are the best way to cure anxiety disorder. Not all anxiety is bad. Sometimes, a bit of anxiety can give you that much-needed edge in a stressful situation. Sometimes a little disquiet keeps your ‘guard’ up and helps you avert a risky situation. But sometimes, anxiety disorder can make you over-think and over-stress, resulting in a plethora of stress related physical, mental and emotional disorders.
All of us face anxiety disorder from time to time, but the problem starts when chronic anxiety begin to overwhelm day to day life; sapping away all positivity and motivation from life. Here are 3 simple practices that do wonders to calm an anxious mind.
- Practice Mindfulness
Mindfulness is nothing but paying attention to the purpose of actions and feelings. A few good moments of practicing mindfulness can be reflecting on your thoughts and feelings first thing in the morning, eating mindfully, exercising with intention and reflecting upon the day before you go to sleep. Being ‘aware’ of how you think, feel and act at all times helps you become patient, more accepting and less judgmental too. If you feel like you tend to go on an auto-pilot mode when battling anxiety, practicing mindfulness will allow you to reconnect with yourself and draw inwards rather than reacting to life’s numerous situations without much thought put into it.
- Focus On Experiences
When you are dealing with chronic anxiety, it becomes normal to harp on negative experiences rather than focusing on your actual feelings in the present moment. Instead of relying on the information embedded in your subjective mind, laced with previous anxieties, open yourself up to every experience and try to live in the present moment. What are you feeling right now? What are you actually experiencing in the present moment? The next time you feel the familiar cues of anxiety, stop yourself from relying on past experiences and focus on living in the moment.
- Try Cognitive De-fusion
Most of us are fused with our thoughts. Instead, try to disconnect from all previous thoughts and learn to see the objective truth about any situation. All thoughts that are automatic conditioned reactions must be questioned. Don’t blindly belief, since many of these are tainted with the anxiety of previous experiences. Do not resist change; instead, welcome it with a calm mind. If your previous experience with change was not a pleasant one, there is no reason to believe that change is always bad for you.
If you struggle with anxiety, it is very important to learn ways and means to calm your mind. Deep breathing exercises and meditation can quell nervousness and help you feel more ‘in control’ when in the midst of angst. Remind yourself that all feelings of worry and anxiety are temporary and are only a part of the present moment; not the absolute truth.