Across the UK, it has been shown that 1 in 10 people will probably have a ‘disabling anxiety disorder’.
Before you read the rest of this article, I must stress that if you believe that you are suffering from anxiety, it is worth speaking to a GP or counsellor. If anxiety is intense, it can cause you not to be yourself and prevent you from completing everyday duties and tasks.
When people suffer from anxiety, it can feel like the world is closing in on you. You feel like staying in bed under the duvet, hiding from life and wider world. Even if you have an excellent support network – partner, family, friends, colleagues – anxiety can make you feel excluded from things. It is a very common problem that people from all walks of life can suffer. When you are suffering with anxiety, it is difficult to imagine yourself feeling better by visualising yourself in an improved frame of minds. Certain small adjustments can reduce the symptoms of anxiety
Here are 7 Top Tips that will decrease the intensity of your anxiety.
(1)Accept Your Anxiety – The first thing to do to get you on the road to recovery is admitting that the problem is there. Having accepted your anxiety is a part of yourself at that time, you will be able to begin overcoming it by taking it on with a clear and open mind.
(2)Try to Force Yourself To Be Calm. The book: Smile even if you don’t feel like smiling by Keith Humphreys can help by tapping into the innate reliever stress that exists physically in your body. It is possible to let your body flow and transition into a state of calmness, which will decrease your anxiety levels in a natural way.
(3)Break Up Big Projects. When we are suffering with anxiety, our workloads can be overwhelming. It can even seem that you are procrastinating when, in fact, you certainly are not doing so. By breaking up your bigger projects and jobs into smaller tasks, they will seem more achievable and realistic to you. This will relieve a lot of pressure from you when you are working to complete projects towards the running of your business
(4)Reduce Anxiety by Reaching Out – It is always best to be honest – the best policy. If your anxiety has started to dominate your life, it is well worth considering speaking to someone who is close to you or even a work colleague who will listen, take it in and be there for you to vent and unload. Anxiety is very often too much to deal with alone. You need the support. Don’t hesitate to reach out to someone else if you’re reading this and this is how you are feeling.
(5) Make A Vision Board. If you are focussing on the future and it is haunting you, you may well feel like you will never be able to achieve or accomplish anything because it’s stopping you doing so. Create a vision board to bring a spark of excitement into your life about what the future could hold for you. It might be to do with your career or your relationships.
(6) Positive Affirmations. These are very important. By using affirmations you can relax yourself and by using them repeatedly you can have a calming effect when you are feeling anxious. It might be something such as: “you can get through this, your anxiety does not define you”. Repeating affirmations changes how we think.
(7) Relieve Anxiety with Conscious breathing. Conscious breathing is a simple way to bring about relaxation and to decrease anxiety in the moment. Breath in through your nose for four seconds, hold the breath for seven seconds, and, breathe out for eight seconds. Find for yourself a quiet space and practice this conscious breathing technique whenever you are feeling anxious.
Life coaching can help you identify the obstacles that are preventing you from achieving your goals whilst equipping you with the self-belief to know that you can do something about it. In time this will help to reduce your stress and anxiety levels so that you can truly focus on the future and a new you, a better you.
Coaching is a safe and positive space to focus on what is going on in your life right now. This in turn will create self-awareness whilst also developing knowledge and skills that will allow you to gain a refreshed and new perspective on life.
Coaching is an opportunity to take time out of the everyday hustle and bustle so that you can focus on personal development with a totally new perspective. It is an empowering journey of self-discovery focusing on the process of listening, reflecting and clarification of your needs.
A strong coaching relationship is key to life coaching and the successful outcomes that we all strive towards.
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