Tips to help anxiety

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The issues mentioned below are common and the following coping techniques are basic ways you can start to deal with these dilemmas at home.

Panic attacks

Panic attacks are very common in the UK, more than you may believe. It is not often vocalised as people do not know how to deal with themselves, or somebody going through an attack.

Visiting a GP or therapist is advised when dealing with regular panic attacks, the source of your stress may be easily dealt with. A way you can practise mindfulness for panic attacks is to learn and estimate when one is coming on. Calmly being aware of the upcoming attack will help you to relax, you can focus on your breathing and know it will soon be over.

Public speaking

Presentations or public speaking can often overwhelm us with dread. You are vulnerable and fear what you are saying is wrong, or will be judged by the audience. While it may be unpleasant, public speaking is often something we have to deal with at one point in our lives.

Our mindfulness tip is to stay focused on your plan. Do not allow yourself to think of all the possibilities in which it could go wrong. If you are organised and confident in what you are going to say, you will appear confident when standing up. If you have completed the plan, do not dwell on the upcoming presentation date – distract yourself by going for a walk, spending time with friends or whatever makes you relax.

Money

Financial worry is a gnawing problem that can dig away at your mentality. It is vital to preserve your strength and peace of mind when dealing with such issues. You may be very successful in your career, but still suffer money worries, for the present or the future. It is possible that the money worries are out of your control, but the mindfulness tip is to look after yourself. Stress can affect sleep, which can result in an overall fall in your well-being.

Guilt

Remorse is a natural human emotion. It means you care about the people involved, whether the act was intentional or not, guilt is a good indication of your persona. Guilt and worry can build on stress and only add to the damage you are doing to yourself. Allow yourself to experience the guilt and regret without getting too worked up. It is a good emotion, even if it feels negative. Focus your attention on the sensation not the feeling. Each time the feeling returns, remember the sensation. This will mean you are not denying your feeling, but you are also dealing with the remorse and getting past it.

Health

Sudden illness can come as a shock to all of us. While we know it is out there and disease can strike at any time, we never really expect it to happen to us. From a mindfulness perspective, respect the fear, recognise that it is likely to have flourished in your moment of realisation. Illness welcomes vulnerability and that can be scary. You are allowed to feel the fear, illness is very real and sadly can affect many of us. However, practising mindfulness can make you aware of the fear, but not to dwell on it. Practise returning to a calm mindset, be aware of your breathing and go for a relaxing walk before moving on.

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Ellen Hoggard

Written by Ellen Hoggard

Ellen is the Content Manager for Memiah and writer for Therapy Directory and Happiful magazine.

Written by Ellen Hoggard

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