How to Break the Hold Stress and Anxiety Has on Your Life and Feel More in Control
Living with anxiety every day can feel unbearable.
Anxiety, stress, and panic can wreak havoc on our lives, and it’s hard to cope with the effects. Many of us also feel a lack of control when we’re anxious, which leads to more stress.
If you want to break the cycle of stress and anxiety that has you in its grip, but you don’t know how—you aren’t alone. While anxiety affects millions of people across the world, many feel alone and uncertain in their struggle to gain control.
So, what can you do to break the hold that stress and anxiety have on you? Let’s take a look at some ways to understand and cope with the issue.
Understanding Your Anxiety
Anxiety tends to manifest through the same general symptoms for many of us: worry, nervousness, panic, trouble sleeping, fear of social situations, etc. Yet, while we may experience the same symptoms, there are various reasons why anxiety occurs in the first place.
So, first off, pay attention to what makes you feel anxious. Do you feel anxious all the time or only sometimes? When did your anxiety begin? As you consider your personal experience with anxiety, you will begin to understand the source of it and your triggers.
Coping in Your Everyday Life
We can never fully get rid of anxiety or stress. In fact, both can be useful motivators—at times.
However, we shouldn’t always feel stressed or anxious. If stress and anxiety consume our lives, we likely look for coping mechanisms to get through the days. Deep breathing, grounding, and meditation are all healthy ways that we can cope with anxiety-inducing moments.
So when you feel particularly anxious, use one of these techniques to quickly clear your head and come back down to reality. All three can be used wherever you are. And you can experiment with them and other various easy coping mechanisms to figure out which ones work best for you.
Therapy for Anxiety and Stress
While everyday coping mechanisms are essential for helping with anxiety, they often aren’t enough, however. Taking control of anxiety calls for are more in-depth approach.
The best way to figure out the root cause of stress and anxiety is through therapy. Many people think that stress and anxiety are the new normal, and there’s no way to control it. While it’s true that we can’t control everything, we do not have to accept anxiety and stress as a normal part of our lives.
Therapy can empower you to take back control. To get to the root of the problem, therapy sessions are designed to help you unpack your negative thought patterns. You may not realize it, but over time, negative thoughts can become routine—and they may be instigating your anxiety. Once you identify these patterns with the help of your therapist, you can learn to stop them in their tracks before they can cause more stress in your life.
Over time, you’ll become more and more equipped to cope with your anxiety.
Of course, it’s not possible to fully get rid of anxiety—but it is possible to take back control. Through therapy, you can actively take steps towards reclaiming your life from stress, anxiety, and unnecessary worry. And even when moments of anxiety do creep up, you’ll have a new skillset to rely on to get you through it.
Breaking the Hold of Stress and Anxiety on Your Life
All too often, we give up hope of gaining back control in our lives. It’s easy to lose sight of reality and think that anxiety and stress will always have a hold on us, but this simply isn’t true.
I assure you, you can be in control of your life. And by going to therapy, you’re taking a huge step in the right direction. Of course, seeking help can be intimidating, and it may be hard to know where to start. Plus, your anxiety may want to convince you that it’s not the right thing to do. But don’t let it overpower your decision-making.
If you would like to know more about how therapy can help you cope with your stress and anxiety, please feel free to contact us at 204.800.9778. We would like to help you regain peace and finally break the hold of stress and anxiety.
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