Anxious? Ask Yourself These Questions Before Freaking Out
Anxiety is a common issue, especially in developed nations. In America, in fact, it’s approximated that anxiety afflicts 18.1% of adults. That’s about 40 million people 18 years and older. While there are various forms of anxiety, the most common is racing thoughts that lead to restlessness or emotional discomfort.
The one thing to gather from this data? There’s a large chance you’ve experienced anxiety before (we sure have!). It’s an occurrence that happens during times of stress, and as uncomfortable as it is to endure, there are small ways to relax our minds when it starts.
Today our aim is to walk you through three small questions to ask yourself to recenter your mind and ease your worries.
1. What Is Really Causing This Feeling?
Identifying what you are feeling is a great way to help negate that same feeling. Let’s say you’re freaking out over a big project, the thought of x, y, and z going wrong has your stomach in knots. Taking a moment to assess each of the things that can go wrong will allow you to see that none of them are going wrong. These are just fears you have that are running rampant.
Repeating an intention statement, like: “I am present. I am fine.” can help bring you back to the current situation without thoughts of could-be.
2. What Steps Can I Take To Eliminate This Feeling?
Let’s say you identify what is causing the feeling, and it’s actually a reason to freak out. For instance, running late to an important appointment since there’s traffic. While anyone in this situation would feel uneasy, you find yourself in panic mode. You’re sweating, your head is in a dizzy, and you keep thinking about how this will make you look.
What you can do to change the freak out is take steps to process the situation with logic. One place to start is to remind yourself the traffic is out of your control, you didn’t create it, and you can’t end it. The second place to move your thoughts to is that that appointment may be important, but this isn’t a reflection on you. In fact, you left early to avoid traffic! Lastly, everyone has been in this situation, so it’s doubtful it will be held over your head.
3. Am I Just On Edge Right Now?
The third and final question to ask yourself is: Are you just on edge? Did something set you off in the morning, and drag on through the day? If it did, get whatever it was–a negative comment, a dirty look–out of your mind. Drop the overthinking, and move on.
If your only answer was feeling on edge, overwhelmed or overworked…Try adding some sort of mindfulness routine into your daily life. You can try breathing tactics when you feel yourself losing control. You can even try yoga poses to help get your focus off the item at hand and onto the way your body is moving. The point is that you can get yourself out of a temporary head space by focusing efforts elsewhere.
We like to diffuse the following blend when we feel anxious, and try to calm our mind through reading a book, or talking with a friend on the phone.
Silence Your Thoughts Blend
+ 4 Drops Sage 100% Pure Essential Oil
+ 2 Drops Lavender 100% Pure Essential Oil
+ 1 Drop Ginger Root 100% Pure Essential Oil
Note: If you’re experiencing signs of anxiety daily, you may want to seek a physician’s help. These are tips for when normal stress causes anxiousness–i.e; work, money, or friends.
Health & Happiness,