Anxiety is something that we can all suffer from. It can be debilitating and the symptoms and effects unpleasant and unwanted. Yet, if you suffer is there a way that you can cope with anxiety everyday. Learn to challenge it and live with it every day?

Perhaps the simplest is to accept that you are anxious. Many of us feel we have to hide or apologise for our anxiety. It’s worth remembering that most people suffer from anxiety and coping with it can be hard. Offer yourself the compassion that you would offer others in the same situation.

Learning to cope

Cope with anxiety everydayThere are coping mechanisms for anxiety and it is worth spending time getting to know how these can work and make a difference for you. Learning relaxation or exercising helps many. Putting yourself first and doing activities that are important and valuable to you helps to restore your self-worth. Talking to friends, your GP or your therapist about how you are feeling, helps unpack your feelings.

Learning to challenge your anxious thoughts can make a big difference. One piece of thinking that is common is to compare ourselves to others. For example: I’m not as pretty, not as strong, I should, I shouldn’t and so forth. Above all challenging your anxiety and accepting that your value as equal, is important. You can notice that we love and like all types of people despite their faults and flaws and that is the same for you to. So try to check if your thought is reasonable and realistic and if it isn’t use the facts to help replace it with a better more reasonable one

What drives anxiety

It can be helpful to understand what the triggers for our anxiety are. They might be social anxieties or making mistakes, how others see us and many other actions and thoughts. Many of us will avoid things that make us anxious, but the relief is often only a temporary one. In addition this can often make it more difficult to tackle in the long term and being aware of our triggers can be the first step in unpacking and mastering your anxiety. By developing coping mechanisms and tools for use on exposure to our trigger we can de-sensitise the trigger and control the anxiety.

Relaxation and meditation techniques make a huge difference in coping with anxiety symptoms. They help us to slow the body’s systems and response to anxiety and stress and reduce its impact. Practiced regularly it can play a key part in improving your mood and removing the persistent symptoms of stress.  It allows you to focus your attention and challenge and push the anxious thoughts from your mind.

However, is also important when we feel anxious to take care of ourselves physically, so eating sensibly and regularly, drinking plenty of water and sleeping regularly helps. In other words alongside anxiety the disruption of these healthy habits harms us. Often we will use eating as a coping mechanism to control how we feel or we when we suffer disrupted sleep patterns. Working to keep these sensible and consistent can help cope with anxiety everyday.

Next steps

In conclusion, there are many practical things that you can do to challenge, control and contain your anxiety every day . In addition it will help to have the support of friends and family, and perhaps you may want to talk to your GP a charity (like anxiety uk (www.anxietyuk.org.uk)or a counsellor to get started. Yet, it is important to realise that anxiety is a common mental illness and you can be in control of it.