Stop Anxiety and Re-Wire Your Brain for Calmness
Crawling Into A Ball
Stopping anxiety and re-wiring your brain for calmness can be done, yes even without pills. I did it but it took me a year, so its not a fast fix but it is a liberating thing to be able to live life without anxiety.
Its been a while since I had a bad anxiety day. By bad I mean one of those days where you just want to crawl into a ball and lay still because breathing is too much.
I used to have those days every day and it truly wore me out. I remember going about my life with this massive heaviness about life and everything to do with it. It was hard to enjoy each day because all I could worry about was the future, the past, or even the now.
I am not sure when my anxiety began but I know when my battle with it ended. I stopped having massive issues with anxiety around the time that I began to meditate. It was not only meditation that got rid of my anxiety but the combining of several things that I did that helped get rid of my mental condition.
Being in the middle of anxiousness can leave very little room for thinking about change because you are too busy trying to just survive.
Other Symptoms of Anxiety:
- Excessive Worrying
- Feeling Agitated
- Difficulty Concentrating
- Tense Muscles
- Trouble Falling or Staying Asleep
- Panic Attacks
- Avoiding Social Situations
- Irrational Fears
Let me tell you, you can change that but it will take a bit longer and be a bit harder than most people assure you it will be. Being in a dark spot will always make it that much harder to get out. Stopping anxiety might be hard but it will save you a lifetime of missing out because of it.
Why Do I Stay Anxious?
Before I give you some amazing tips on stopping anxiety. Let me give some background on what is causing you to continue to live in that state. It’s a pattern, our minds live in patterns that we have created for ourselves. You are living what you have created. Now don’t become upset or go into “I can’t help the way my brain is” kind of mood. It is a reality that we are how we have trained our bodies and mind to be.
But just as you are what you created, so you are capable of being what you want to become. What do I mean? I don’t want you to practice to calm yourself, I want you to practice laughing and finding joy more.
Anxiety is a void, a void that entices your mind to go to after each little thought you have, or even the avoid that you do your thinking from. A way to stop thinking in that void is to start thinking of things outside of it. Below are my simple tips to help let go of the anxiety and regain your sanity.
Six Tips to Re-gain Calm
Step One: Confirm Your State But Let Go
First, you are not crazy, anxiety does feel like someone is sucking the joy out of your life. Learn to accept that what you are going through is real and you don’t have to explain yourself to anyone. Every time a thought that no-one believes you or cares pops into your head, push it away.
Step Two: Meditate
Second, when I began my meditation regime I was not sure what would end up happening, In fact, I was almost 100% sure It was one more thing that would fail. After month one of meditation, I noticed a slight decrease in my thinking. In six months I was mostly constant and by a year I was in this really creepy calm state all the time (I say creepy because it was so foreign to me, being so calm and like I had nowhere to go, or nowhere I wanted to go).
Step Three: Be Mindful and Stop Mind Chatter
Third, learn to curve your over thinking. Be mindful what you are saying in your head if you begin to have anxious thoughts quickly practice walking meditation and push that thought out of your brain. It took me about six months for this to become second nature. But it does stick, do it and do it again until you began to find it easier to catch yourself in an anxious action.
Get to the root of mindfulness and how to do it right, click HERE for my mindfulness tips.
Step Four: Try to Lessen Stimulants or Depressants
Fourth, try to stay away from things that cause your heart rate to go up to much, this can lead you to grab on to an anxiety mode and reinforce patterns we are trying to break.
Alcohol (a depressant) will also affect the health of your brain by increasing brain inflammation. It’s hard to let go of something that helps calm your fears, but let me guarantee to you that it’s a false crutch, it only fuels your anxiety and keeps you I a perpetual loop.
Step Five: Play Happy Movies or Happy Things Only
Fifth, you are what you eat, read or watch. So let go of reinforcing behavior like watching heavy deep movies or murder shows, or any kind of unhappy show. Those only perpetuate the situation and continue to add to a sick brain. Instead, replace it (it will hard to put on something happy when you don’t feel happy) but keep doing it, play happy music, or read happy stories. The more happiness and joy you feed your brain the more your brain will believe that reality instead.
Check out a list of movies below from Bustle By CASEY RACKHAM
21 Movies to Watch When You Just Need a Laugh
Step Six: Use Affirmations
Last, repeat as many positive affirmations as you can. Things like “ I control my life, I got this, “. “I am happy”, “my life is worth living”. I want you to really focus on the background feeling after you say your affirmations. Try to keep your background feeling positive like you really believe it.
Healing Takes Time
In closing, it took me a whole year to heal myself and to see life in a happier mood. It took me up to two years before I could think of my future and not feel like life was not worth it. Anxiety takes so much of your life away, don’t let it take another year. You have this, you can do this.
I know it from experience because I was there, I wanted life over because it was so painful. I am now at peace because I decided to change it. So from a person who has come back to life, I believe in you, I am here, you will be well again.
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