Relief from anxiety
Anxiety as the dictionary defines is a state of worry and nervousness with the fear of unease about something with an uncertain outcome. In a layman’s language it would mean that anxiety is the state of being anxious, i.e. when we fret excessively over the negative possibility of an event.eg. She expressed anxiety over the result of her exams. It also linked to a sense of eagerness or yearning for something.eg. The lawyer’s anxiety to win the case. Essentially we all go through this situation at different phases in our lives. It is that particular state of mind where our ability to take correct decisions is blurred by our pessimistic view of things.
But why are we anxious? Why do we let our emotions take control over us? Anxiety occurs when we lose focus or track of the activities in our daily life. Often under certain circumstances we are unable to control our activities and hence their outcomes. This leads us to over-react. In this extremely competitive world it is necessary to give your best at all times. However, at times due to inexplicable complexities we aren’t able to contribute our maximum.
However we are all aware of the complications caused by this dilemma. I am sure some of the problems have also led to some disturbing and embarrassing moments in our lives that we certainly do not want to recall. Some people in their childhood (and even as adults) have had the habit of biting nails in times of anxiety. Some keep fidgeting with things around them. If you are prone to anxiety attacks, you would have realised how people suddenly ditch you at these moments, they avoid your company. It wouldn’t be long before you hear people whispering how you abuse or throw things during anxiety breakdowns.
So then how do we counter this emotional breakdown called anxiety? There are various ways to free oneself from the wretched chains of anxiety.
1. Try to keep yourself more organised. Prioritise your timetable. Brainstorm at the end/beginning of the day.
2. Understand that not everything is in your control and not everyone is perfect. Learn to forgive and forget.
3. Learn to meditate. Devote at least 15 minutes every day to do nothing and focus on your breathing or practise pranayama.
4. If you think you suffer from an anxiety disorder, seek medical help. Either consult a specialist or join a self-help group (SHG). You will be amazed to let your feelings out and interact with others who you can relate to. Medications are also prescribed depending on the intensity of the situation.
5. Develop a new hobby or an interest. Read a book, listen to music, visit relatives, write a letter to an old friend or visit the orphanage.
These are just a few tips to help in the beginning. Gradually you will be surprised to find a change in yourself and the way people approach you. It is purely a psychological phenomenon which can be cured with proper treatment. Go ahead and enjoy life anxiety-free.