There are four practical steps to avoid anxiety. When put in place, it just takes a bit of thought and planning, but positive change is a healthy alternative.
As time goes on, bit by bit, our mindset seems to grow smaller. But, without us even realising it, as more of our liberties are on hold, we seem to do the same with our thought process. As a result, we begin to think inwardly and shrink into ourselves.
- Think outside the square. Focus outwardly to keep your mindset open. It is all too easy to focus on the negatives when going through something challenging. We suddenly find ourselves in a position where we can’t see the wood for the trees, as the old saying goes. Make a deliberate effort to break the habit of thinking small to avoid anxiety.
- Sit down and make a list. What could you accomplish while in lockdown? List the things that are important to you. Plan to zoom in or video chat with friends or family. Have you ever wanted to write a book or a journal? Getting your thoughts down on paper is a great way to change your thought process positively. Catching up on craft or art projects is another great idea. Starting a veggie garden can even be done in pots if you don’t have a garden. List anything you can think of, and you will be surprised how many things come to mind that you maybe haven’t thought of in years.
- Make clear and concise decisions. Don’t get caught up in the what if’s. Decide what you are going to do and stick to it. Changing our habits takes time, but consistency can make our life so much better. We are often kept awake at night with anxious thoughts running through our minds. Generally, this is because we haven’t decided, so our mind can’t let it go. Be firm with your thought process, determine what to do and take one day at a time. Healthy decisions go a long way in alleviating anxiety and sleeplessness.
- Practice gratitude. You may feel you have nothing to be thankful for, but once you start writing down the little things, your mindset will change for the better. Each morning, make a practice of writing ten things for which you are thankful. At first, you’ll struggle to find more than a couple, but you will easily find ten with practice. Focussing on these thoughts each morning will set you on the right path, and soon you will feel yourself coping so much better than you thought possible. It’s the best way to avoid anxiety too.
I know it sounds like a cliche, but always remember that nothing lasts forever. There will always be change, and you have made it this far. You’ve got this! See my recent blog on anxiety https://karengibbs.com.au/anxiety-and-how-to-help/
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