If you struggle with anxiety, you have probably experienced the feelings of being emotionally stuck. What this looks like, is that you stop functioning in your daily activities. This comes about because of your concerns and fears about something that is not going your way. While you may be physically immobile, you are experiencing racing thoughts. These thoughts are typically comprised on all possible negatives situations that can happen.
If you struggle with anxiety, it is possible to heal from anxiety and live your best life. In this post, a three step strategy for moving past anxiety will be discussed in detail.
Identify Your Fears and Let them Go
If you struggle with any type of anxiety, the first step is to identify your feelings related to anxiety and begin the process of letting them go. A recurring theme for people who struggle with anxiety is a fear of things going terribly wrong for them. These fears can range from a fear of not living up to one’s expectations, to a fear of dying.
If you can relate to experiencing irrational fears, one way of letting go of these fears is to accept them. If you think about it, your daily life is filled with possible dangers. For example, your kitchen, your bathroom, driving and walking outside to name a few. The good news is that subconsciously, you have become expert at navigating through these hazards. You can take comfort in the fact that you are well equipped to survive and thrive in a dangerous world. It is with this attitude that you must embrace and make peace with your fears, to let them go.
Visualize What You are Trying to Accomplish
Once you have successfully made peace with your identified fears, it’s time to focus on wellness. Wellness can be represented by what you are trying to accomplish. Most likely a challenge that triggers your experiences of anxiety.
When visualizing your wellness, you want to focus on you overcoming this challenge. It could be you following through to apply for a certain job, giving a talk before a group of people etc.. Your visualization should be as specific and as detailed as possible.
You simply do not want to visualize your goal once. Your visualization of this goal has to be on a routine basis. At a minimum you want to schedule at least fifteen minutes a day to work yourself through the scenario of your accomplished goal. This makes you more focused daily on taking the steps needed to accomplish your goal.
Create a Plan and Follow Through
Following through on the steps you visualized, you will now write down in detail your plan to accomplish this goal. Your plan should have a beginning, middle and an end. This means that your plan should be a timeline, with an end date.
During your follow through of the plan, you should be able to consult your calendar and determine how close you are to reaching your goal. This process does not guarantee that your plan will be successful. It is common for people to realize flaws in their plan and return to revise their plans.
Regardless, a good plan involves you taking personal accountability for your consistency in following through and how realistic the plan is. Further, when you have successfully reached your goal, you can take the same steps towards reaching a new goal. Overtime you will become accustomed towards facing your challenges leading you to experience more confidence and calm in your daily life.
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