Strategies that control anxiety involve the understanding of what anxiety is, where it comes from, why we have anxiety and know how to adequately respond to it.
Many people report feeling isolated as a result of anxiety, some engage in unfulfilling, ineffective or unhealthy relationships, negative self-talk, negative feelings, judge and feel judged. They feel a sense of 'being broken' including low confidence and self-esteem. This is further fuelled by comparing themselves to others or looking for shortcuts to alleviate the mental and physical discomforts associated with anxiety.
In a positive light, anxiety might be seen as a healthy, internal driving force, but when anxiety becomes more than a nuisance it could grow and take our systems to unsustainable levels.
When we think of anxiety, we tend to associate symptoms such as the inability to focus, shortness of breath, sweating and disorientation. But there are many other symptoms associated with anxiety, Such as feeling unable to participate in conversation, hide, or developing phobias and displaying negative behaviours towards others (to avoid interaction). Ironically, people who’ve had anxiety attacks are likely to worry about having their next attack and avoid situations that might trigger them.
"Today I am active and engaged, learning and working; building a new career and enjoying time with my family and friends again. When we started he asked me what I wanted. I told him I wanted to be free. Now I am and I couldn't be happier, I haven't been happier. Ever."
There is no ultimate cure for anxiety. Anxiety treatment is a skillful balancing act between participating in life while having to manage our resources to prevent overwhelm.
Overwhelm leads to ineffective behaviours and rash decision making leading to mistakes and failure. Typically overwhelm and stress amplify anxiety that can lead to physical discomfort, anger, physical disease, serious mental-health issues and autoimmune disorders.
When we forego deliberate reasoning in an attempt to avoid our anxious thoughts, we seek relief in the short-term; we tend to think in absolutes. We gravitate towards shortcuts such as drugs, alcohol, binging (Netflix, food) and 'quick-fix' solutions such as religious sects, ideological affiliation, get-rich-quick schemes; predatory relationships, unsustainable lifestyle choices, etc. Of course, over time, these tend to make our anxiety worse.
With a little help, you can change your approach. Effective treatments require a new approach. You learn to respond from a place of inherent courage and discover your skills, willingness and self-reliance to make it through. All you need is a little interest and curiosity in your (future) wellbeing. And the work is rapid and relatively easy to do!
Treatment for anxiety begins with uncovering what steps lie within our immediate capabilities. Treating anxiety disorders goes beyond cognitive behavioral therapy and relaxation techniques to respond to panic attacks and negative thoughts. Medication may be useful to overcome physical symptoms of anxiety but may have unwanted, negative side effects. Taking deep breaths help to reduce stress levels temporarily, but permanent change may need the guidance of an experienced mental health professional.
In life, not all options are obvious, nor their outcomes entirely predictable. You don’t always have control over the situations that contributed to your anxiety, but we can begin by deliberately reducing your anxiety by how you interact with its contributors (strategies). Starting with basic strategies for immediate anxiety relief, followed by long-term and more permanent solutions.