If you experience anxiety often, you may be addicted to anxiety without even realizing it. During the 17th century, Sir Isaac Newton determined that most people were afraid of the unknown. Therefore, they often become paralyzed and unable to make a move. Psychologists and others call this analysis paralysis. A simple change of perspective in your thinking may release you from anxiety.
Change Your Mindset
Instead of playing the what-if game and refusing to move, accept that life is full of uncertainty and decide on the path you want to follow. If you make a mistake, learn from it and correct your course. The world is in constant motion, and you should be moving with it instead of allowing your anxiety to rule your life. Instead of letting fear of the unknown rule your life, embrace the unknown as a world filled with possibilities.
To change your mindset, you need to identify your triggers. Sometimes, you may need to work with a professional to determine what triggers your anxiety. Common triggers include:
- Stress in the workplace or your homelife
- New locations
- Side effects of medications
- Chronic illnesses and pain
- Mental illnesses
- Too much Caffeine
Once you have identified your trigger points, you need a plan to address them. Deciding on a plan ahead of time is essential to putting your plan into action because your mind may freeze when you become anxious. You may want to try several different ideas to see which works best for you. Remember to go with life’s ebb and flow so that you do not get stuck in the idea that a plan to fight your anxious feelings will not work for you.
Some essential oils may help fight anxiety. It is important to note that this claim has not been verified by the FDA, as essential oils are not regulated pharmaceuticals. Essential oils high in linalool can be effective as they directly impact the brain’s emotional center. Therefore, you may want to try oils like coriander, magnolia, lavender, or clary sage to see if they help you with your anxiety. There are several ways to use essential oils, but diffusing them is a great place to start. Many people keep a roller bottle filled with their favorite anxiety-busting essential oils handy and roll it on their pulse points when they feel themselves getting anxious.
Eating a healthy diet is also vital. Do not skip meals because it will make your blood sugar drop, leading to increased jitteriness. Then, you may become more anxious. Researchers now believe that eating a diet high in antioxidants may help. Furthermore, it may help to eat a diet that is high in:
• Omega 3 fatty acids
• B vitamins
Exercising may help you feel less anxious by increasing serotonin, gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA), brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF), and endocannabinoids levels in your body. It also helps activate the frontal part of the brain, which may help you stop worrying about what-ifs and help you develop a plan that goes with the ebb and flows of your life.
Anxiety is a problem that everyone faces on occasion. About 18% of Americans suffer from debilitating anxiety. Often, seeing a mental health professional can help. If you would like to discuss your issues with anxiety, reach out to American Behavioral Clinics to schedule a FREE phone consultation.