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Here are a few guidelines you can use
now to help alleviate your anxiety:
Recognize and admit that you are
feeling stressed and anxious.
Become aware of your body's
symptoms. Don't let them scare you; let them talk to
Try to pinpoint what it is you are
anxious about. What happened yesterday? What were
you thinking about before you went to bed? If you
can't pinpoint it, don't worry about it and move on.
Give yourself permission to feel
anxious about whatever it is that is bothering you.
"Of course, I feel anxious about this problem;
anyone would. But how much anxiety is too much?"
Listen to the dialogue within
yourself. Are you filling yourself full of negative
thoughts about a certain situation? What could you
say to yourself that would feel more comforting?
Listen to the dialogue of those
around you. Is someone around you being negative and
dragging you down with them? If so, how could you
change your reaction to their negative attitude, so
that you would be less affected by it?
Are you overwhelming yourself with
"shouldas" and high expectations? If so, which ones
could you eliminate?
Are you blaming someone else for
your anxieties, unhappiness, poor health, lack of
success, etc.? How can you take responsibility for
yourself and make some positive changes?
Give yourself positive reinforcement
for even the smallest accomplishments.
No one lives a life without a certain
amount of stress and anxiety. The key is to get the
level of both down to a manageable level. Listening to
your “inner voice” is a step in the right direction. You
know best what you need.