It is something we face every day—stress, and the anxiety it produces. Anxiety can range from a mild worry, to a total panic attack. With the right strategy and a few handy tips, you can deal with most anxiety, before it gets out of control:
One step at a time.
You think this would be obvious, but far too many people ignore this simple advice. By taking on too much—more than can be handled, or even reasonable—is a recipe for disaster. Focusing your attention on too many things at once, and everything suffers. Doing one thing at a time, you can just watch your anxiety levels drop.
Find a middle ground to rest your mind.
Try to find an activity that relaxes you. In fact, you may already have a significant stress-reducer, and not even know it. Reading, meditation, exercise or anything constructive will help cut stress levels down a notch. Giving your mind something to focus on will replace feelings of anxiety with ones of accomplishment.
What else can you do?
It is the first question you should ask when feeling anxious over a situation or event—if you honestly cannot think of alternatives, then stop worrying! The position just may be out of your control.
Anxiety feeds off of negativity, and vice versa. Eliminate one and the other becomes much more manageable. A positive attitude can eliminate stress and the anxious feelings that originate from stress.
Look at the Big Picture.
Too much attention to details is an easy trap to get anxious—focusing on needless details can easily blow out of proportion, leaving you helpless to improve your state of affairs. Recognize the general situation—the big picture, so to speak—will help you put things into perspective, an excellent way to diffuse anxiety.