Anxiety is a powerful feeling that has both mental and physical manifestations. About 40 million American adults have an anxiety disorder, but only 36% of these actually receive treatment. In fact, the very disorder you need treatment for can also be a barrier when it comes to seeking help. A licensed counselor can help you learn to manage your anxiety and move forward with your life by harnessing the power of your mind—the power that’s creating your anxiety to begin with.
4 Ways to Harness & Overcome Anxiety
1. Cultivate Patience
If anxiety is making it difficult to work or socialize, you’re probably in a hurry to make changes, but trying to force your anxious thoughts away may actually make it worse. Feelings and thoughts do not last forever. Practice being patient with yourself and waiting for the feeling to pass. You are stronger than the feelings.
2. Stay in the Moment
When your mind starts to run away with anxious thoughts—looking back on interactions you had during the day, or looking ahead to a future that worries you—open yourself to the present. Feel the chair or the ground beneath you. Notice the scents and sounds in the air. Being open to your physical sense can anchor you in the moment, bringing you back to a sense of security.
3. Observe Without Judgment
Consider your anxious thoughts with detached, non-judgmental observation. Consider the physical, mental, and emotional experience you’re having, and try naming the sensations. Don’t try to change the thoughts or feelings—simply notice them, name them, and let them be. Feelings of anxiety are like clouds. They might be blocking your view of the sun, but above the clouds, a blue sky awaits.
4. Trust in Yourself
Know that you are stronger than you think. You are stronger than your anxiety, and it cannot hurt you. Even if this thought does not feel true to you at first, repeat it to yourself regularly until it begins to feel true. Trust in your ability to handle stress and worry--because you can.
The psychologists at Psych & Psych Services in Elyria and Lorain, OH, will help you overcome anxiety, depression, and other challenges that are preventing you from living your best life. You’ll get individualized therapy from a highly trained counselor whose expertise is matched to your needs. Begin your journey to a better life by calling (440) 323-5121 or sending a message online right now.