We all have anxieties and fears, and some of us may suffer from them on a daily basis. If you find yourself a little overwhelmed by these emotions, try following our list. We have compiled ten easy and natural ways for you to fight your fears and go about your day with the confidence you deserve.
#10 Face Your Fears
Have you heard of the old saying ‘get back on the horse’? Well, this is relevant here. Whatever scares you will only get scarier the more you avoid it. By facing your fears head on you will begin to eliminate them. It may sound daunting, but it is a sure-fire way to rid yourself of your everyday fears.
On a final note – By avoiding your fears you will only compound them. Face them directly and they will fade away.
#9 Avoid Perfection
The constant strive for perfection is enough to set anyone in a moment of panic. Things go wrong, people make mistakes, no one is perfect. The sooner you realize that perfection is unattainable the sooner you can relax and take your flaws in your stride.
On a final note – It’s easier said than done to believe that no one is perfect, but once you have a grasp of that, your own imperfections will leave less of an anxious feeling. Try to see your mistakes and flaws as part of what makes you who you are.
#8 Check the Facts
Are your fears real or imagined? If you have a fear of flying, for example, check the statistics. How frequently do planes actually crash? If you find yourself exaggerating your fears try and think factually about them and consider what you would say to someone else who has a similar fear.
On a final note – Try to challenge your fearful thoughts. How often has your fear actually happened to anybody else? Try to think realistically.
#7 Reward Yourself
When you have faced a fear or dealt with an anxious situation (particularly one you may have been putting off) reward yourself with something simple that you enjoy – a manicure, a good movie or an afternoon on the couch with a good book and a cup of tea.
On a final note – We all like rewards and it’s important to give them to ourselves when we have done something worthy of receiving them. Facing your fears and anxieties is certainly worthy of a reward that you enjoy.
#6 Get Back to Basics
Simple things like a brisk walk in fresh air, a good night’s sleep or a yoga class can do wonders for feelings of anxiety. Too often people reach for medications, drugs or alcohol, but there are many simple and natural remedies that are far more beneficial. Make a list of activities that make you feel happy, such as walking the dog, and in moments of anxiety check your list and act.
On a final note – Don’t forget about the simple things in life. Take pleasure in the small things that make you happy and do them more often.
#5 What’s the Worst That Could Happen?
Think seriously about this one. Will you really lose your job? Will your friends abandon you forever? No, probably not. By imagining the very worst you will be able to put things into perspective and all of a sudden your anxious situation that fills you with panic will subside. You may even be able to make yourself laugh in the process.
On a final note – Quite often your perception is a far cry from reality. Take a step back and think of the worst that could happen, and then think realistically.
#4 Find a Happy Place
In moments of overwhelming anxiety try and picture a happy place. It can be an imagined place of calm or a happy memory, whatever it is it will help soothe you, and you will be able to regain focus and perspective. Try closing your eyes and focusing on your breathing as you immerse yourself in your happy place.
On a final note – Whisking yourself away to a place of comfort, be it real or imagined, will relieve feelings of anxiety and panic and allow you to think more rationally.
#3 Talk About It
Whether you confide in a close friend or colleague, or seek the ear of a professional, talking about your fears has an amazing way of making them feel a whole lot less scary. Perhaps you will receive words of advice, or discover that others share the same anxieties, or simply saying your fears out loud can put them into perspective. Even talking to yourself in the mirror can have a positive impact.
On a final note – Just by saying things out loud, even if it’s to yourself can help to alleviate your fears. Talk about them regularly and you may find that they just fade away.
#2 Take a Break
When your fears and anxieties become too much it makes it difficult to think straight. Allow yourself some time out in order to get your thought processes under control. Take a step back, go for a walk, listen to some music or make a cup of tea in order to give yourself some thinking space. After some peaceful down time, you will be less overwhelmed and ready to make better decisions.
On a final note – Don’t let your fears and anxieties swamp you. Give yourself a chance to relax.
#1 Just Breathe
When that awful feeling of panic sets in you naturally want to fight it. Instead, as this can exacerbate the problem, try pausing for a moment and take a few deep breaths. Focus on your breathing – close your eyes or place your hand on your stomach and feel your breaths. Try counting as you breathe, open your eyes and regain your focus.
On a final note – It’s amazing how something so simple as breathing can calm you down in just about any moment of panic. Take slow, deep breaths and give yourself a new perspective.
Before heading out to seek professional help with your simple fears and anxieties, try this list. Hopefully, our ten natural ways to ease anxiety will have you feeling mentally strong and ready to take on the world.