No matter how much self-growth we go through, no matter how much progress we make, and no matter how far we come in improving ourselves – we can always use a helpful reminder every now and again.
If you’ve made it to the end of my anxiety series – congratulations! With all the things you’ve learned throughout these articles (and on your journey within yourself), you’re well on your way to living a happier, more fulfilling, ANXIETY-FREE life!
For my last article in the series, I thought I’d bring together all the amazing things we’ve learned throughout the posts into one cohesive list. Think of it as a one-stop guide that you can come back to over and over when you need an extra little pick-me-up or a bit of help getting back on track (because let’s be honest – we ALL do every now and then!)
So without further ado, here are the top 10 things to remember when it comes to your anxiety!
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1) Thoughts are just thoughts. You don’t need to give meaning to them
You are not always going to have happy thoughts – you will sometimes have negative thoughts. This is just the reality of being human. In fact, it’s one of the things that unifies each and every one of us! But remember: they are just thoughts.
Thoughts are not always true, and they certainly don’t define who you are. In fact, a thought is really just a sentence passing through your mind. It has no power on its own unless you give it power. It doesn’t become real unless you accept that it’s real.
This is one of the most life-changing realizations you can make when it comes to overcoming anxiety. And trust me, once you truly understand this, it will change you life in so many freeing ways!
2) Understand WHY you’re feeling anxious, don’t just accept your anxiety
Anxiety isn’t something that you’re born with and you have to live with forever. Quite the opposite. YOU have the power, and to harness this power, first you must truly understand your anxiety.
To get to the “why” of your anxiety, ask yourself what negative thought patterns may be contributing to it. Was there anything that happened in your past to make you behave the way you are now? Is there a recurring thought/fear that is constantly bubbling below the surface?
If you’re serious about beating your anxiety, you need to be serious about becoming a researcher of your anxiety. Study it, analyze it, and know it. Only then will you know the ins and outs of how to uproot it.
Becoming a researcher of your anxiety requires a bit of extra guidance. That’s why I suggest you download my free Anxiety Guide! It’s the perfect place to start thinking about the way you think. Plus, it also comes with some free worksheets that guide you in overriding past negative thought patterns with new, healthier ones!
3) You can change the way you think
We humans really are SO much more powerful than we give ourselves credit for! Our minds are dynamic, and our brains are malleable. What does this mean? It means that it is completely within our power to learn to think differently about anything we want to think differently about (*ahem* anxiety *ahem*).
This is honestly such an exciting thing, and it should make each and every one of us wake up happy every single day. I mean, think about it – we have SO much potential! We can make our life ANYTHING we want it to be! All it involves is changing the way we think. You can check out the article just below for a bit more information on this!
Related Article: How Negative Thinking Gets Wired into Your Brain
4) Don’t feed your fears
The more you focus on your fears and the more you research all the terrible things that “could” happen, the stronger your anxiety will become and the more you will suffer. Your fears are what’s holding you back, and the more you give them power, the more tight their hold will be on you.
You need to starve your fears. Stop looking into them, stop dwelling on how much they’re impacting your life, and stop defining yourself by them. This is only adding fuel to the flame, and we need that flame to be as dim as can be!
I realize that this is a very difficult thing to do, and that’s why I’m here to help. I created Conquer You Anxiety with the sole purpose in mind to help YOU master some of the hardest yet most critical steps in overcoming anxiety. These are things you need to learn how to do if you want to live the life you dream of living (that is, one that’s anxiety-free!).
5) Remember your strengths – they’re much stronger than your fears
The unfortunate thing about us humans is that our pesky brains are designed to focus more on the negative things in life rather than the positive things (I know – SUCH a bummer!). This is why when we have anxiety, we often focus only on how difficult the anxiety is making our lives.
You can’t forget the other side of the story though – the brighter side. You are an amazingly unique individual. You have SO many talents and SO many strengths. Pay attention to these things more. Try this right now: jot down on a scrap piece of paper a list of 5 things that you’re great at.
See? Doesn’t that feel good for a change?!
You have so many things to offer the world, and you are SO much more than your anxiety! The more you realize this, the more prepared you’ll be to truly beat your anxiety.
6) Your physical health is entirely linked to your mental health
Your mental health isn’t just your psychological health. In reality, your mental health is an umbrella term that’s made up of several different aspects. And one of the most important of those aspects is your physical health.
If you don’t take proper care of your body, your mind will suffer. Just like your eyes are the window to your soul, your body is the mirror to your mind. The more you treat your body well, the more you’ll heal your mind.
The best part about this is that taking care your physical health is incredibly easy. It just involves making a few simple yet SUPER important lifestyle changes.
Related Article: 4 Ways Your Physical Health Can Heal Your Mind
7) Managing and overcoming anxiety is a skill like any other – you need to practice
Overcoming anxiety won’t happen overnight (but wouldn’t that be nice if it did!). It’s going to take some commitment and some practice. But don’t worry – because even Beethoven was a beginner once!
All it starts with is dedication to a cause. If you’re dedicated to making a positive change in your life, then you’re totally on the right track. It’s this motivation that’s going to push you to practice incorporating the positive habits EVERY single day.
Practice, practice, practice – you’ll soon reap the benefits. Steps will turn into jumps, jumps will turn into strides, and before you know it, you’ll have made leaps and bounds of progress (and will be looking back at how far you’ve come with a beaming smile on your face!).
8) Everyone makes mistakes
We’re only human! We’re not perfect creatures, and we’re not supposed to be perfect creatures (I mean, we’re not dogs!).
Sometimes in our anxiety journey, we can be doing REALLY well and then all of a sudden have ONE bad day (or week, or month). This is okay. You NEED to remember that this is okay. No journey is without its roadblocks and U-turns. Things happen. Life happens. We must learn from our mistakes instead of letting them get us down. Mistakes are our greatest teacher.
9) Don’t take life too seriously
We’re here on this earth to enjoy ourselves, not to go from one worry to the next.
Relax, take a deep breathe, and smile. Things are going to be okay. You will be okay. Life is good, the world is fun, and the Universe is giving you a great big smile. Now go on out and ENJOY it!
10) You deserve to be happy
You have so much to offer the world and the world has so much to offer you. Your life is meant to be a happy life – all you have to do is go on out there and claim it.
And that’s where I come in. I’m here to help you live the life you deserve to live – the life that’s full of happiness, inner peace, and love. I created my Anxiety Course with YOU in mind. I want to help YOU. Why? Because I was once you. I was once a very anxious person who was not living my life to its fullest. The techniques and the methods I’ve included in my course are the very same techniques and methods that I used to completely conquer my anxiety.
So what are you waiting for? It’s time for YOU to claim the life you DESERVE!
Sagesse ("Say Jess")
Owner of Mindaya