4 Top Tips to Reducing Anxiety

It’s a fact of life that everyone will have experienced anxiety at some point in their lives. Society tells us that a certain amount of stress can be constructive for an individual, however for those of us who may be feeling insecure or vulnerable, prolonged amounts of anxiety can be a powerful detriment to your self-confidence. With this in mind, here are some tried and tested tips for overcoming your sense of anxiety, one step at a time.

1) Optimism

Focus on the positive! For many, anxiety can stem from over-analysing situations and dwelling on past failures. A positive mind-frame is a powerful thing: looking forward towards positive futures rather than back, can be key in diminishing stress.

2) Use the mantra “mind over matter”

Courage comes from within and fear is simply a state of mind. Encourage yourself to tackle a situation and ultimately think ‘what’s the worst that can happen’? You may find this spurs you on to accomplish a goal or overcome something that at first seemed intimidating.

3) Try something new

New challenges can be constructive and taking yourself out of your comfort zone as often as possible, can essentially be empowering, and overall tests your strength and character! Achieving a personal goal, no matter how small or seemingly insignificant, is a big step in the right direction to overcoming your apprehensiveness. After all, positivity and confidence are the key to so many things.

4) Perspective

Although often overlooked, maintaining a sense of perspective is ultimately crucial in staying level-headed and grounded. If you become overwhelmed by a social situation or consumed by a worry that started small, but seems to have gotten out of hand; stop. Take a breather, relax and take a minute to put things into perspective. Envisage how you would like the situation to go. Are things as bad as they first appeared? Or more likely have you fixated on a negative aspect resulting in an escalation of unwanted anxiety? If a situation doesn’t have the outcome you hoped for, it may be something even better is in store for you. Focus your attention on something positive you can do to make it more successful next time around. Secondly and most importantly don’t be embarrassed about your worries or anxieties :  there is a wealth of support and help out there, don’t be afraid to embrace it and discuss your concerns with others!

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These suggestions have a track record of working for people in this situation. We recommend that you try these tips and see which ones are suitable for you. You may find that other approaches work for you too. Depending on your circumstances, a consultation with your GP may be advised.

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