Anxiety is often a feeling of “Exaggerated” reality or “Imagined” reality. When we overthink something and make it seem larger than it is, we are “Exaggerating” reality. When we overthink things and start adding visuals in our mind of things that we fear may happen but are not happening, we are “Imagining” a reality which is false at that moment in time.
Anxiety puts the body through stress. Stress triggers the brain to release stress hormones, mainly Cortisol, in the body. As this hormone increases in the body, the physical reaction of the body is to feel overwhelmed. Feeling overwhelmed results in the following symptoms for most people:
- Heart palpitations
- Sweaty palms
- Dry mouth
- Worry (constant)
- Fear of going outdoors or interaction with people
- Acknowledge and admit that you have feelings of Anxiety. Tell someone you can trust that this is how you have been feeling. Once you acknowledge and admit it to yourself and someone you trust, the next steps of managing anxiety becomes easier.
- Avoid caffeine and nicotine
- Drink at least 2 litres of water daily
- Get at least 8 hours sleep
- Eat wholesome, fresh food with more protein and fewer carbohydrates
- Do some physical activity for 30 minutes daily
- Sit quietly for at least five minutes daily and breathe deeply, being completely aware of each breath
- Use this positive affirmation: “Every day in every way, I am better and better. Thank you, Allah.”
Thought Switch Helps Overcome Anxiety
A daily practice of Thought Switch technique helps overcome anxiety. When we suffer from anxiety our thoughts begin to control us to the extent where we begin to believe them to be real. For example, fear of a job interview, fear of new parenthood, fear of a new relationship and so on.
You can control your thoughts. Here is how to practice Thought Switch to change a fearful thought to a faithful thought.
- Every time a fearful thought occurs in your mind, become aware of it.
- Feel the fear. Fear is never a pleasant thought.
- The moment you are aware of this unpleasantness, immediately start imagining a happy and joyful outcome of your situation in your mind.
- The mind is not able to differentiate between what is real and what is imagined. It will entertain any thought you plant in it. In the cinema of your mind, play a joyful movie, not a sad one. Be the hero/heroine, not the villain or victim.
- Consciously choose only happy, positive and joyful mental images and thoughts.
- Repeat this daily in order to form a habit of only positive thoughts.