Here are a few guidelines you can use now to help
alleviate your anxiety.
Recognize and admit that you are feeling stressed
Become aware of your body's symptoms. Don't let
them scare you, let them talk to you.
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
If you do know what it is that is bothering you, what
can you do to eliminate or minimize the situation in some way so that it
isn't so stressful? Most importantly, how can you react differently, so
you won't be so affected by this situation? Here are some things to think
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
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.
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