Let’s face it; life can be hectic at times. In my opinion more than ever these days as we transition into the digital era.
All of the wonderful technological advances that were created to make our lives easier have somehow just ended up complicating it. Getting away from everything and everyone is more difficult now than it used to be.
For anxiety sufferers its vital to regularly make time to get away from it all to let our mind calm down. Start scheduling some down-time for yourself to get away from other people and cells phones, computers, radio, and television. Even if its 10-15 minutes per day just do it and do it every day.
So what are some good methods you can implement to find your inner calm? Here are a few of mine:
- Express gratitude: You have far more good things going on in your life right now then you have problems. If you don’t believe me grab a pen and start making a list of both. Be grateful for all of the things going right.
- Stop perfectionism: This was a big one for me. I have always been a perfectionist to the point where it has become a handicap for me. I’ve been slowly reteaching myself that good enough is good enough. Perfectionism is a common trait in anxiety sufferers. Can you relate?
- Stop worrying: 99% of all the things we worry about in life never occur. Stop wasting time and energy worrying about things outside of your control and focus on what you can control. This takes practice but will pay huge dividends for you on a daily basis.
- Take your time: Slow down a little if you can. Plan more time to get things done so you have a buffer to stop feeling so rushed all of the time.
- Speak up since nobody is a mind-reader: It’s OK to speak up and express yourself if you disagree, get offended, or are upset.
- Get up an hour earlier than you do now. Take that time to read or meditate on positive thoughts. This will allow you to start your day on a calm and positive note.
- Reduce alcohol, refined sugar, processed foods, and caffeine. These things are all stressors that you can do without. You don’t have to quit them all together but just cut back on them a bit.
- Saying positive affirmations such as, “I am at peace in my life,” and, “I deserve to be happy,” and “today is going to be a great day” is an effective way to change your outlook and your mood.
- Narrate a better story, because dwelling on the past doesn’t miraculously change it. What’s in the past is done and you can never change it. Stop worrying about it and get on with your life.
- Write it, type it or draw it. Just get whatever it is that’s bothering you out of your head. Whatever method you choose, it can be extremely therapeutic. You’ll probably find that most of these thoughts are useless interference.