If you suffer from anxiety it can feel like it’s always there, always watching and waiting. You may try to ignore it or you may try to push it away. Sometimes, it can be best to embrace your anxiety. Anxiety is your body’s way of alerting you that something is wrong, so here are some tips for embracing and learning how to listen to your anxiety.
Tip #1: Let it in
Letting your anxiety in can be a frightening thing. You may worry it will take over and you’ll never get it to leave. But ignoring it and resisting it won’t make it go away; it will just keep coming back stronger and stronger. Let your anxiety in and listen to what it is saying. You may think you know why you have it, or think it’s irrational, but it’s there for a reason and the sooner you figure out why the quicker you can treat it.
Tip #2: Get your feelings down
A good way of embracing your anxiety is to get down your feelings. This can be done by writing down what you’re feeling or expressing them to a psychiatrist. Anxiety tends to jumble feelings and emotions making it hard to pinpoint what exactly you are feeling. Getting them down will help you sort through them and make it easier to see a pattern.
Tip #3: Let go of judgment
Anxiety can stem from both environmental and biological factors. Anxiety is an illness, something that cannot be helped. Don’t judge yourself for having it. Don’t let other’s judgment effect you. You aren’t weak for having it. Just as you would with a physical illness, figure out what is causing it and try to treat it. Blame and judgment have no place in treating anxiety.
Tip #4: Learn coping methods
Talk to your psychiatrist to learn some coping methods. It will take some time to learn what works best for you. Don’t give up or despair if the first couple of ones you try doesn’t work. There are tons of coping skills out there so you will find one for you.
Tip #5: Learn from it
Anxiety can be a tool to learn from if you let it. It’s happening to you because of something and once you figure out what you can learn from it. Once you do you will be able to either avoid it from happening again or be able to come through it if it hits again.
No one wants to suffer from anxiety but sometimes it can’t be helped. The best thing you can do is stop ignoring and resisting it and just embrace it. Once you embrace your anxiety you and your psychiatrist can work through it.