Residents of a big city are constantly faced with anxiety and anxiety. Sometimes it even develops into an anxiety disorder. What to do with it? Clinical psychologist, hypnotherapist, author of educational projects for women Maria Manina answered. First of all, the specialist noted that it is natural and sometimes even useful to experience anxiety.
Manina recalled that in ancient times, anxious thoughts helped to survive, but now anxiety makes us more attentive and more careful in a difficult situation.
How to get rid of anxiety?
First of all, you need to stop and observe yourself and your anxiety. The expert urged not to hide from disturbing thoughts, but, on the contrary, to accept and analyze them – they appeared from scratch or there is some truth in them. The psychologist advised me to write down all my anxieties on paper and understand how real their realization is.
“It is important to consider the most negative possible scenario and think over your actions in such a scenario. Your brain will no longer see the dead end and will no longer scare you. When you have a solution – the brain is calm‘ she explained.
It is important to understand that we cannot control everything, the hypnotherapist emphasized. That’s why you need to constantly return yourself to the body and in the present moment, stopping the wandering brain. During anxiety, you need to concentrate on breathing and heartbeat, begin to examine objects around, smell and listen to sounds. Soon, instead of disturbing pictures of the future, the brain will focus on the reality in which you are now, Manina said.
Working with a psychologist or psychotherapist can also help relieve anxiety and improve quality of life.
By the way, art therapy will help to overcome anxiety. You can draw, make something with your own hands, or just admire what others have done. In general, this method does not help only one in ten. The rest are able to relax.