We’ve all been there, having that nagging little feeling of worry and anxiety in the back of your head or in your stomach that tells you “no, surely this can’t be a good idea, what if something goes wrong?” and it can be anything from slightly annoying to actually stopping you from doing what you want. And we don’t want that, right? While a little bit of worrying can be healthy, too much is just that – too much.
We’ve done both some soul- and some researching to find tips on how to make sure that your anxiety won’t prevent you from saying yes to life, so if want some advice on how to keep your anxiety at bay, keep on reading!
We’ve also added the odd inspiration quote throughout the article, enjoy!
Pro Tip: Talk about your worries. Whatever they are, there are those who have felt the same, and it’s more than likely that someone you know will understand and be able to help!
Since it’s hard to solve a problem if you don’t know what it is, starting by trying to figure out why you are feeling anxious and worried is smart. And we want to be smart about this, right? In fact, reason and logic can be handy tools against worries and anxiety.
As we mentioned above, a little bit of worrying is nothing to worry about (see what we did there?) but when you start becoming hesitant to go do all the fun things you want to do, then it might be time to have a look at why that is. Some worries are justified albeit unnecessary: it is possible that you miss your flight or that you forget your charger, but some of them are not very logical at all.
Sometimes we worry even when we know that we have absolutely nothing to worry about. You’re not thinking about forgetting your passport, or about losing all your luggage, or even about making a fool of yourself but that nagging feeling of dread is still there – if this is the case and you have tried reasoning but it didn’t really do anything, it might be time to look into getting some professional help. Don’t worry though, it’s not at all as scary as it seems!
Here’s the fun part – finally! What you can do to get rid of your anxieties depends on what they are, but hopefully, these techniques and tips will help you to at least get started. If you find it hard, just think of the benefits of not having to feel worried all the time! Makes it worth it, doesn’t it?
If there’s anything you can do to make sure to prevent a situation that will make you anxious, then do it! If you’re worried that you’ll miss that flight, then set three alarms and book an earlier train. If you’re concerned that you’ll lose all your money, keep some of it in a separate place and give a sum that will comfortably get you home to a friend or family member, so that they can sort you out should you need them to.
In the same spirit, if there’s a way to avoid it altogether, then that’s what you’ll want to do. Is it flying that worries you? Check if you can take the train or even a boat. Have you been scarred by stories about terrible food poisoning in specific locations? Cook your own food or investigate the restaurant you want to eat at before having any of their dishes. There’s a solution to most problems, just try to be a bit creative!
If what worries you isn’t something that you can really prevent or avoid, try to outsmart it! Have a good long think about it, what’s the worst thing that can happen? Is that really as bad as you think, and how likely is it to actually occur?
If you’re worried about flying, read everything you can about how much safer flying is than almost any other means of transportation. Thousands of people fly every day, and they’re fine, right?
Another way to dismantle and disarm your worries is relating them to similar situations that you’ve previously been in. Did you ever have to spend a night somewhere without an overnight bag? That wasn’t so bad, was it, so you can definitely deal with losing your luggage too.
If you’re scared of not having the security that a monthly paycheck brings, surely you or someone you know have managed to get through that before, so you’ll be fine this time as well. Even when it doesn’t seem like it, things tend to sort themselves out, trust us.
This one’s rather obvious, but lists can be oh-so-helpful when it comes to stopping thoughts from spinning around and around in your head. Should you bring two jackets or just the one? Will you need to stop by the gas station before you go? Did you decide on black boots or green sneakers?
Write it down. Once it’s down on paper, there’s no need for your head to store that info, and if it doesn’t agree just show it the list! Perfect. Also, lists will prevent you from forgetting anything significant and will keep you organized. They’re the superheroes of planning, don’t underestimate their powers!
It would be such a shame if you missed out on having the greatest of times just because of those worrying thoughts, so we really hope that this post has been helpful and that you feel more ready to say yes to life! If you want even more tips on how to deal with anxiety, do let us know so we can add it to our list.