5 Ways to Confront Anxiety

Saeed Ur Rehman
3 min readAug 17, 2023

Anxiety divulges that you need to be cautious about your condition. The abrupt distress indicates a lack of control. But sometimes your anxiousness molds into a terrible form and evolves into a terrible form that causes anxiety disorder and harms your mental health, disrupting daily life.

If you encounter this phenomenon, you don’t need to be so disturbed about this. There is a large population that undergoes this complication. According to Statista, 40 percent of American Indian/Alaska Native adults had poor mental health in the United States as of 2017.

But How can you cope with this excess consternation and what to do in this state of strain? Following are the 5 most effective ways to preside over anxiety.

1-Opposing Your Negative Thoughts

Negative thoughts are a major reason for anxiety in the human brain. The brain of an anxious person develops many negative thoughts about their situation. Such as it includes, “I can’t do this” or “It is too difficult for me to do”.

But you can overcome the situation by giving yourself confidence like “It is ok, I can do this”. This will help you go against your anxious thoughts and perform the task.

2-Develop a Hobby

A hobby can help effectively in negating your intrusive thoughts. Hobbies like reading a book, or writing something are beneficial hobbies but these are thought-provoking hobbies.

Instead, you can develop hobbies that can help you control your overthinking. Hobbies like gardening, painting, and other physical hobbies can help you rub off unnecessary thoughts.

3-Giving Yourself a Break

Sometimes you’re anxious brain needs a break from whatever you’re doing to cope with overwhelming thoughts. Giving some time to yourself facilitates stabilizing your psychological condition.

You can stop whatever task you’re doing, change your environment and position, and do something of your interest to distract your anguish thoughts.

4-Perform Grounding Exercises

Grounding exercises include diverting your brain from intrusive thoughts and focusing on the physical environment in different ways. There are many techniques such as noticing the pattern of your breath, holding ice, playing mental games, etc.

An example of grounding skills is performing the ‘’333’’ Exercise. “333” Exercise includes focusing on three things you can see, three things you can hear, and three things you can move.

5-Performing Meditation.

Meditation is a long-term yet effective remedy to calm your anxious brain. Meditation includes sitting comfortably, focusing on something or your own breath, and letting your brain rest from evaluating intrusive thoughts.

You can perform meditation by yourself, or with guidance from therapists and meditation apps. According to a survey conducted by Rakuten Insight on May 22, around 35% of the respondents in Indonesia used meditation apps.

Conclusion

Anxiety is an exhausting mental state. But it isn’t out of your control. You can get out of the woods by proper self-care and maintaining a positive attitude. You can also consult your trusted elder or psychiatrist for proper medications if your anxiety can't be helped by the stated methods.

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