Managing an anxiety disorder can feel like an uphill battle, where a single misstep may translate as a devastating trigger. Anxiety disorders are prevalent among adults, and the various ways anxiety manifests can often feel debilitating. Finding ways to separate yourself from your anxiety disorder is an essential step in better managing anxiety.
Staying in Control
While anxiety can show up unexpectedly, it is your response that will determine whether or not it will change the course of your day entirely. Treating anxiety and mood disorders like any other treatable symptom you may experience daily is no easy feat. Numerous resources can help you reimagine your life as you adopt practices to manage your mental health.
First, it is important to identify triggers. Is there a person that you may need to limit exposure to? Do you desperately need better time management skills? Or is your mind trapped in a framework of self-doubt and fear?
Planning for the future can be exciting; however, staying in the present moment will better connect you to your future self.
The practice of mindfulness helps those suffering from mild to debilitating anxiety see clearly what they love most about life.
Mindfulness is a common practice that is commonly suggested in cognitive behavioral therapy. In simple terms, mindfulness strikes the difference between drinking your coffee and tasting it.
Mindfulness calls for a person to be present, take everything in, elevate their senses, and observe the unique qualities that each day offers. While meditation may be the most common practice of mindfulness, the small, purposeful parts of each day are equally effective in managing stress and reimagining what you would like life to feel like.
What does anxiety have to do with the beauty that life offers? Nearly everything. The mind receives a misinformed signal that you are in danger, and sometimes instantaneously, you may become distressed. Using sensory-based tools for pulling oneself out of anxiety may make us feel closer to life’s mysteries.
Walking, stretching, or changing your surroundings can help alleviate panic attacks. On days when your mood is impacted by worries about bills, relationships, or dissatisfaction with work, it is essential to remember that such negative thoughts and triggers tend to emerge in a state of autopilot. A simple but intentional act of rolling down the window to allow the sensation of crisp air on your face can create an abrupt shift before a spiral begins.
When grasping the present moment, trace back to your inner child, the version of you that sparks curiosity about the greater world around us. For example, appreciating the landscape or local architecture is a means to refocus. This might look like studying the texture of bricks on your favorite house in a neighborhood or tracing a mountain top with your finger.
Drinking water slowly and breathing are simplistic remedies. However, these daily practices helpfully engage with your senses. These small moments of meditation may nourish a love for life, reconnect you to experiencing life, and propel anxiety down a steep hill.
Reimagine the Possibilities
Practicing mindfulness, incorporating treatment plans like cognitive behavior therapy, or considering prescribed medication are equally helpful solutions for combatting mood disorders and generalized anxiety. Mindfulness improves your keen awareness so that you won’t miss the serendipitous moments life offers. We encourage those suffering from mood disorders and generalized anxiety to first align with your reimagined reality.