Life is hard. But some people can handle difficult things without breaking a sweat, while others lose sleep over little things. Do you feel anxious all the time? Or do you find it hard to deal with day-to-day matters without having an elevated heart rate, anxiety, frustration, and mood swings? If you are a girl, then this could be more than just hormonal.
Why do we feel anxious?
Anxiety is a very normal response to a threatening situation. Our brain is designed to sense and interpret threats so it can prepare the body. When we are anxious, we are anticipating the worst.
Some people may feel anxious all the time while others on certain occasions. And that could be because of several factors:
1) Underlying medical condition
2) Childhood trauma
3) A worrisome situation or situations
4) Diet and lifestyle
How to know what’s making you anxious all the time?
Get yourself tested
First, make sure that you are not suffering from any underlying medical conditions. For that, you need to get a complete blood test and see a health care provider to rule out any possible conditions that may be making you anxious all the time.
Figure out the childhood trauma
Second, figure out if your childhood trauma is bringing back memories. Not everyone gets to have a blissful childhood. Sometimes bitter memories follow us all our life. Figure out what memories are haunting you and then talk about them.
If these memories are troubling you, it means that they are bringing up negative thoughts and emotions that could be contributing to your anxiety. Remember that if you leave anxiety untreated, it can become a life-long condition, and you may even have to require medication to control it.
How to deal with traumatic memories
Meditation is one of the best ways to combat negative feelings. If you can learn to calm your mind, over time you will get used to rejecting unnecessary thoughts. Set aside time for meditation every day without a break. Prioritize meditation as you would prioritize eating.
How to meditate your negative thoughts away?
The best meditation for this situation is focus meditation. Go out for a walk and focus on nature. Watch the birds, the grass, the trees, and notice every little detail of nature unfolding before your eyes. Do this for at least 30 minutes every day.
Learn to deal with worrisome situations
The third most common reason why you may feel anxious all the time is because of worrisome situations. The thing is you cannot eliminate all stressful situations from life; you simply have to learn to live with them. Learning to live with them means that you have to cope with the stress that comes with them.
How to cope with daily stressors?
Never allow stress and anxiety to take hold of you for more than 10 minutes. If you are in a worrisome situation, take a deep breath and let worry take over. But then tell yourself that it’s time to move forward. Get busy with solutions that require the utmost focus so you don’t have to think about the worrisome problems. Remember that you will have to find solutions for the worrisome situations otherwise you may not be able to get rid of the anxiety attached to these situations.
So when there’s a situation, tell yourself:
“I have got this, and I am not defined by this moment. There’s a solution to every problem and I am going to figure this out.”
And then get to figuring it out as quickly as possible.
Stop overgeneralizing, catastrophisizing, or black-white thinking where you only imagine the worst, try to guess outcomes, and try to read minds.
Fix your diet and lifestyle
Finally, it could be your diet and lifestyle making you anxious all the time. Most of us take diet and lifestyle habits for granted, which impacts everything from our mood to our energy.
Lack of proper nutrition could be the culprit behind your chronic anxiety if all else seems okay. Change your diet, shift things around and see how it helps. Some of the basic things you can fix are sleep, diet, and personality.
Teach yourself to be relaxed at all times. Sleep 8-9 hours every night. Make sure your sleep is uninterrupted. If you find yourself waking up during the night and having trouble falling back asleep, fix that. Stop drinking any liquids 2 hours before bed. Only drink caffeine in the early hours of the day.
Include a fruit salad in your diet if you can’t do much. Stop cooking vegetables to the point where they start to lose nutrients. Avoid eating processed foods or reduce their quantity; reserve them for special occasions.
The bottom line
Unfortunately, we cannot get rid of stress altogether; we just have to deal with it. Put a harness on your stress and control it so it doesn’t control you. According to the helpline, untreated anxiety can lead to life-threatening conditions including chronic depression. So start meditating today, talk to your therapist or a friend, and get the help you need to stop feeling anxious all the time.
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