No matter how much anxiety you suffer from, life still continues. However, you need to know the easiest ways to control your anxiety so that you can continue to live your life and prosper. Remember that there are many people who suffer from anxiety and still live normal lives. They have their own families, they go to work, have children and friends. They go on vacations and look very much like everybody else. The only difference in people having anxiety is that, they may suddenly become anxious or be hit by a panic attack any time. The attack can come in the form of a mild discomfort or a complete debilitation.
There are some individuals who can hide their own attacks in such a way that no one around them is aware. For some unfortunate few, their anxiety is extremely overwhelming, to the extent that it takes control of their lives and their lifestyle. Their anxiety controls their behavior completely.
0 = I absolutely have no fear. I am absolutely relaxed.
Your reaction to anxiety is a big part of it. When anxiety is triggered in your body, you will experience physical symptoms. When the anxiety monster takes the second bite, your fear of those symptoms is created. The lower the fear you have of those symptoms, the lower the control anxiety has over you. It is only through active practice you will desensitize your nervous system.
If everything else fails, then remember this, though it is unpleasant, it is not dangerous. Let me repeat this: if you are experiencing a level of 8 or above of anxiety, this is unpleasant, but not dangerous! This you must remember above everything else. Your feelings at such a high level of anxiety are so overwhelming that you find it very easy to respond to the false alarm that your body is sounding by arriving at the conclusion that real danger is very close to you. Just look around you and ask yourself if any other person is panicking. No? Then there is nothing wrong! You are just experiencing a false alarm because a few chemicals have come out of place in your brain (it has been sensitized).
Taking a break is different. A break is just a time out you have made with yourself in advance. You have decided to take a break and then return to the situation to manage it better in the near future. If you do take a break, ensure that you return to the fight soonest. If you wait for too long you will find it hard to return.
Use Imagery to Control the Monster
Another way to fight anxiety monster is the use of imagery on your own terms. Try to imagine or visualize the situation or place that gives you anxiety. At the moment the monster appears, start working on reducing your anxiety. Make sure your eyes remain closed when you are using imagery. Taking a break or time out is the opening of your eyes. This exercise is completely under your control. Combat the monster and try to feel the levels of your anxiety lowering. If it happens to be too much for you, just open your eyes. You are in control and safe. Before commencing an exercise like this, ensure you know precisely what to do to combat the monster, recognize your out and be assured that you are completely in control.
This will take practice once again. Just don’t give up and I promise you will get results. Once you are able to control the monster by using imagery, then it is time for you to step it up the fight! For instance, if you have trouble driving a car, just try to imagine driving while sitting in a comfortable chair at home and fight your anxiety on your own terms. Immediately you have developed a complete control over your anxiety while you are at home, it is now time to move to the next step. Go to your driveway, sit down in your car seat and start the exercise all over again. Just sit back and relax. Try to feel the anxiety as it is coming on, once the level of your anxiety hits is 4 or above, begin to decrease it. After mastering this sitting and relaxing in your car, then take a short slow drive around in your own neighborhood. Alternatively, you can look for an empty parking lot and then repeat the whole process all over again. From that point, look for another place where you can drive a little faster. Step this up again and continue until you are able to drive on any freeway and your anxiety is completely under your control!