I have always been the anxious type like my mother who seemed to worry constantly about the smallest things. It must be something that is passed on through the genes as I have often struggled too. From fear of social situations, to almost getting panic attacks when driving over a high bridge, there have always been situations that have got me stressed out. Over the years I have applied various techniques to keep things under wraps…
Firstly I use logic whenever I feel that nervous feeling approaching. It is so simple and so very effective. You just need to rationalise thoughts. Thinking logically has helped me in other areas of life too like using more common sense at work. Anxiety causes thoughts to become less clear, so just taking a moment to step back and think things through really helps. Obviously in real “pressure cooker” situations there isn’t time to take a moments leave, but in generally just trying to think more logically has really helped.
Second of all is facing your fears. This one is easier said than done but the rewards are amazing. Fear of heights? Go rappelling. Scared of the dentist? Just get in there and remember that logically it is stupid to be afraid. For a while I drove over the bridge that used to freak me out on purpose and now I barely get a shortness of breath. You need to face fears head on to combat them and once they are beaten you get the great feeling. It is like a weight is lifted off your shoulders and you feel free to enjoy life more.
Thirdly I have found that self hypnosis can work a treat. This is where you listen to a man or woman’s voice as they guide you into a relaxed state. Then they will help you to overcome your issue. The CD I bought is this one and it has helped me to keep calm in everyday life and in the most intense situations. It works by implanting helpful messages into your subconscious mind when you are in a very relaxed state. I immediately felt the benefits and find that the occasional listen helps me stay on top of things.
For further reading about different types of anxiety and how to overcome it, visit http://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/anxiety-disorders/index.shtml