In times of stress or if we have concerns of any kind, we may feel anxiety. It is essentially a defensive mechanism that alerts us to situations considered threatening. It usually occurs in all people to a greater or lesser extent and, under control, helps to improve performance and the ability to anticipate and respond.
But sometimes it can also be a trouble when anxiety turns frequent, intense and appears without reasons apparent, until it limits the person who suffers it. In these cases, perhaps the best option is to consult a specialist.
However, there are also some things we can do to try control anxiety and not let it dominate us. Neuroscientist Wendy Suzuki, author of the book “Good Anxiety”, Share this program of six exercises that can help us develop resilience and mental strength to keep anxiety under control.
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A very healthy exercise consists of thinking, in the morning and at night, about the situations that cause us uncertainty and reflecting on how we are doing them. Next, it’s about imagining and visualize the best possible outcome. In this way we can develop unexpected ideas to solve those situations that create anxiety.
Turn anxiety into progress
Although it may sometimes seem otherwise, our brain allows us to be resilientes during difficult times: learning to calm down, reevaluate situations, reframe our thoughts and make smarter decisions. To do this, Suzuki proposes that we reconsider how the emotions we feel can help us move forward. For example, anger can propel and motivate us, while fear can make us more careful with decisions.
Try something new
Something that can also help us with anxiety is do something newSuch as signing up for an online course, joining a local sports club, or participating in a virtual event.
If we have a lot of anxiety and the situation affects us too much, we have to be able to ask for help, talking with friends and family, and fostering healthy and supportive relationships with other groups of people. In this way we can keep anxiety at bay, and also reinforce the feeling that we are not alone.
Science has shown that spending time in the nature it has positive effects on our mental health. A 2015 study confirmed that this can significantly increase your emotional well-being and resilience. You don’t have to go to the forest every time. Strolling through a nearby park or any quiet, vegetated setting will also do the trick. In it we can relax, breathe deeply and become aware of sounds, smells and images.
This tip may seem funny, but it can help us cheer ourselves up at the beginning and end of the day. It is about publishing on twitter -or in the social network that we want- a positive and optimistic message. The mere exercise of thinking about these messages makes us reflect on positive or pleasant things, which can help us curb anxiety.