How to Overcome Anxiety

No one wants to keep anxiety with him for his whole life because the person who better manage himself he has lesser chance of anxiety in his life.

1. Listen To Your Body

You are a whole being. This means everything is connected. Though anxiety may start in your mind, it can trigger very real physical symptoms like headaches, chest pain, an increased heart rate, dizziness, and numbness in the arms, hands and fingers. Often, physical symptoms can heighten your anxiety, making you worry more. Be still. Find a quite space and focus on your breath. Inhale slowly and deeply, pause, then exhale.

2. Change Your Lifestyle

You may consider yourself healthy, but what if you are doing things that exacerbate your anxiety without even realizing it? Take a quick personal inventory: Do you maintain a healthy diet? How much caffeine or alcohol do you consume? Are you a smoker? Do you set aside time to regularly exercise or give yourself mental breaks? While these factors may not be the sole reasons you experience anxiety, neglecting to keep a healthy balance in these areas can be more harmful than we realize.

3. Don’t Fight It

Waging war with our anxiety seems like a normal response, right? For anyone who has experienced bouts with anxiety, you know logical arguments with yourself don’t always help. When we fight it, it fights back. When we shame it, we inevitably shame ourselves and fuel the negative messages being replayed over and over in our minds. Instead of going to war with anxiety or running from it, sit with it when it comes. Calmly consider what might have triggered it and what your body and mind are trying to tell you.

4. Practice Gratitude

When we get anxious, it’s easier to become negative. And it makes sense; anxiety is a response to perceived threats. So, when anxiety begins to creep in, develop a practice of focusing on what you are thankful for to counteract this swing. If the anxiety is work-related, name three things about your job you appreciate.

5. Talk It Out

Sadly, there is a stigma in our culture that seeking therapy means you are weak or mentally ill. However, this could not be further from the truth. Remember, countless people suffer from anxiety each day, and only a small fraction seeks help. You are not alone! A quick search online can provide a long list of trained professionals willing to help you work through your anxiety. Anxiety is a very real thing, but so is your ability to overcome it and learn how to live in fullness!

6. Avoidance of Sin and Going to Confession

Sin is kind of like a boomerang when we toss it. It feels mighty good to throw it sometimes, but the devil makes sure that it comes back and hits us in the back of the head later on, and usually with excessive force, when we least expect it. If one commits mortal sins over and over again while leading an immoral lifestyle of debauchery, then Satan’s recompense will be failure in life, even with our best efforts, and worry and anxiety about EVERYTHING. A sinful lifestyle is like a house of cards that just collapses on us over time. Soon, depression will set in, and then it’s all downhill from there psychologically. Even when we don’t sin like this, close family members who do can cause us worry and anxiety over their lifestyle.