Ways to Manage Anxiety for Those Who Have Tried Everything
The process of managing anxiety in itself can be anxiety provoking. With that in mind, maybe it won’t be so helpful adding more interventions and techniques that you’ve probably tried before. So then what? There are interesting schools of thought that suggest taking mental health as a holistic approach. This means that anxiety is tackled from all angles meaning that perhaps lifestyle changes may need to occur.
I’m not suggesting changing who you are, what I’m advocating is taking a more “hands off stance” with how focused you may be with anxiousness. This method is called priming. The words we tell ourselves are some of the biggest seeds we plant and feed over our entire lifetime. If I were to tell you to stop thinking of a pink elephant, boom, you’re thinking of a pink elephant. So with that, think how you talk to yourself. How often do you feel more anxious when you think the word anxious? Probably very often.
Now what? Well, sometimes with changed words you change your lifestyle. Practice saying the opposite of anxiety. For example, rather than stating “I’m anxious,” try and repeat “I am calm.” Sounds too easy, right? Well, if it had taken years to develop anxiousness, research indicates that we’re able to manage and replace specific thoughts within a manner of a little over two months. So, if you’re willing to practicing repeating statements without using the words that may keep them going, such as “anxiety” “racing thoughts” “keyed up” “on edge” “panic” or other words, and you’re willing to replace them with words such as “calm” “at ease” “peaceful” or other soothing words, then it just might work.
You are Patient
Of course this won’t work in a day, it’s going to require struggle while working with newer words that perhaps aren’t said as often within your mind. If you’re open to the process of more trial and error, but without adding the things that have not worked before, then maybe a change of language could do the trick.
I think each individual are deserving to an individually tailored approach when it comes to personal experience of anxiety. Again, the process itself of searching for the answer is anxiety provoking; however, overtime you may learn that anxiety isn’t necessarily who you are, just a piece of something you experience. And with a change of language could come a change of lifestyle.
You are calm. You are peaceful. You are at ease.