Alright, so let’s start with a story of me coping with anxiety!
When I was figuring out whether or not I suffer from anxiety or was this just a “feeling” for me I had to think of ways to deal with it.
And When I discovered that I do indeed suffer from anxiety I had nothing more to do than deal with it, but coping with anxiety is really easier said than done.
Truth is, anxiety is a form of obsession in any way when you think about it. You become obsessed with an idea or maybe even just a thought, and then it sticks in a way that you can’t just shrug off.
So what happens next? You keep thinking about it, without the ability to just “switch off” your metaphorical channels.
And let me tell you this first hand – it sucks.
It’s more than just not being able to do anything worthwhile, it’s about ruining your life and only making your anxiety even worse because of that since your brain is just looking for new things to obsess over when it falls down to this state of mind.
So really, when coping with anxiety the first thing you should do is to block off that obsessive behavior.
You could do so by finding yourself other hobbies, get distracted with work or anything in between, which is fine I suppose.
But in reality, it’s more complicated than that.
A persistent thought won’t go away just because you want it to, it will stick to the backside of your mind, more so if you are actually actively trying to shut it down.
If I told you to not think about elephants, for example, you couldn’t help but think about elephants.
In the context of my request, you would have to think about elephants, since your brain can’t actively stop itself.
Your subconscious is too strong for your conscious efforts – and as such you would need to change yourself subconsciously through your habits.
But what should you do between this and that?
As you should know, habits take time to form, so how should you act before your habits form, let alone take effect over your life?
Well, there’s a lot to cover here, but I present to you – two genuinely powerful tactics to cope with anxiety!
1) Counter against the “what if” mindset
So let’s say you are the average person that suffers from anxiety.
Let me ask you an unrelated question – have you ever gone on, say, a diet, and had trouble sticking to it because *insert some reason here*?
Yeah, that’s pretty irrational, isn’t it? To just make up your mind and then drop the idea because…? Why, really?
Here’s the truth – People are irrational creatures.
Most decisions you make are purely impulsive and emotional, and then you base them on some sort of reasoning to make yourself feel better.
That’s precisely what’s causing your very problem!
You come up with reasons to your problems, not to your solutions!
So let’s say you are the average person that suffers from anxiety, there are a lot of them so it really isn’t all that special.
So far so good? Great!
So you suffer from anxiety revolving around being humiliated in public, what most people would know as social anxiety, and as such you would avoid different social interactions.
So you come up with reasons such as “what if they will just make fun of me” or “I will just sit there and be awkward, what if people think that I am weird?” and things along those lines.
Believe me, I know, I’ve been there.
Here’s the deal though – these are just excuses that you make up to feel better about your decision to avoid people.
If you didn’t have this reasoning you would probably still do the same, but you would end up feeling worse with yourself because this makes you even more “irregular” and “weird” inside your own head, so you need to come up with a justification for your behavior.
Easier said than done really, but here’s one easy and practical trick to use whenever you are faced with such a situation.
ask yourself these two little words: “So what?”
Yep, that’s all you should be doing whenever such a thought pops into your head.
Alright, so let’s break it down – how does this actually works in terms of psychology?
Your brain pops up with a “what if” scenario, and you ask it “so what?” in return.
Now, since anxiety is excessive worry your brain will come up with an excuse for it to use on the spot, to justify itself and them way it is reacting (or overreacting, really).
When it does, the brain will likely present an unlikely, if not outlandish, scenario.
When it does, simply shrug it off, even if you don’t mean it.
Why? Because you are training your brain to think differently. You can’t overcome your own subconscious in any way, it is a bigger and stronger part of your brain, but you can work with it, disregard any scenario that it comes up with.
Remember, you make decisions and thoughts mostly based on emotion, and then justify them.
These excuses are just justifications, and as long as you don’t validate them as rational (to you) they will eventually stop or become far less powerful since you are stopping your subconscious mind (emotion) from using your conscious mind to justify itself (“logic”).
It’s a remarkably powerful too, and it worked for me many times in the past.
2) When you are anxious, work out.
In the third study published in a report dealing with anxiety and exercise, the researchers dealt with this very idea.
Endorphins are neuropeptides that are produced by the central nervous system and the pituitary gland.
Endorphins cause you to go on a “high”, manipulate certain emotions and shrink the amygdala’s volume.
To those of you who don’t know, the amygdala is the part of your brain that is responsible for your anxiety in the first place, it’s because of it that you feel as though you are in danger (The “fight, flight or freeze” mechanism.) all the time.
Endorphins fix it temporarily since endorphins themselves are temporary in the first place.
Exercise can have long lasting effects, but spontaneous activity will only jump-start your endorphins temporarily.
To quote the report on the topic:
“exercise elevates brain levels of endorphins and anxiety reduction may be brought about by the physiological activity of the endorphins within the central nervous system”
Alright, so as you can see endorphins are good for coping with anxiety – that much has been cleared out already.
So next time you start feeling that you are losing it, simply go through some mild exercises to get your body and mind going, something that will tire you out is preferable.
Your brain will release these endorphins and they will make your anxiety go away for a while, reliving it for the time being.
It may not be a solution, but it really is that simple.
You would be amazed what a few squats can do not only to your body but also to your brain.
Coping with anxiety is less than half the battle
Alright, ladies and gentlemen, that’s a wrap.
Keep in mind, these aren’t perfect tools, as there is no such thing as a perfect solution to any problem, but these two tips are very easy and very powerful, they manipulate both your brain and mind for optimal results, something that a lot of experts on the topic wouldn’t bother suggesting to you.
Also, you should keep in mind that these aren’t in any way a form of treatment for your anxiety, they are only here to help you deal with anxiety as you go about solving it.
These won’t help you in case you have a panic attack, as they are too weak and exercising while panicking can actually make your panic attack that much worse (the endorphin high will work against you in that case). For more on that check out my article about panic attacks.
The next step you should be taking with your anxiety is actually how you should go on treating it. A good way to start would be to boost your energy levels and productivity, to get your life back.
To do that go over to my article about boosting your energy levels and getting stuff done.You should also check out
You should also check out my review for the “panic away” system, it may end up being worth your while.
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