Beating Anxiety

I have countless memories of being told to step outside my comfort zone, to live a little and have some fun like taking risks or standing in a spotlit stage with no fears and I can imagine challenging your anxieties would give you mega-confidence but problems get in the way, feelings that can't be ignored, putting demons in our head that eat at our self love. And if they are stopping us young, adventurous humans from having fun in life, we need to beat them. 
I have had too many past encounters with anxiety, but not all have ended in loss. There is an end to that fluttering in your stomach and feeling your skin fade paler as you get more worried. Let's not suffer. So if anyone else has struggled with anxiety  I have some advice on how to make negative thoughts seem crushable in your hands  or disappear by your positive thinking.

Distract yourself
Let your mind drift from mishaps or dark thoughts that are replaying in your head to something you love. The first thing that pops into your head, anything that will give you a warm feeling as if you were drinking a devine hot chocolate, in the heat of a crackling fire while its thundering outside. It could be your love for cats or a book your obsessed with, maybe it's the memories shared with friends from last summer. But let your thoughts wander

Don't pressure yourself 
Telling yourself over and over that you need to stop worrying because it's not normal or cringey will only make you more anxious, instead you should try and tell yourself it's okay to be worried as it's unavoidable sometimes, so your not self conscious or judging , your mind will be free, you'll soon be laughing ,living in the moment  and forgetting about time. 

Find an escape 
Sometimes reality can be daunting, find a special place only you know and dream... Take yourself to another world, or a perfect fantasy. Maybe reflect on your ambitions that makes  you happy! Imagine a dream world and let yourself be consumed, your mind will drift off and soon the harsh world around you will fade form view.

Think positively 
Rather than catastrophising yourself into a stressed out state, smile, look for the bright points, focus on what you will get out of the situation and how you'll feel afterwards, laughing with relief, as you walk with a calm energy and proud. 

Deep breathing 
You don't need to rush outside for fresh air, taking deep breaths can decrease tension, let feeling dizzy slowly fade away, your heartbeat won't feel rapid and can stop shaking, if you want to empty your head breathe slowly and focus on stating calm

Love yourself
List all the reasons why your amazing, why you can DO THIS! Why you'll make it through!  Confidence will give you a burst of energy and you'll be ready to take on the world! Don't be afraid to compliment yourself, you deserve all the happiness.

Hope this helped, Rachel xoxo


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