Not Quite Zen

How to Ease Anxiety When You’re Overwhelmed

September 27, 2022 Tony Hardman Season 1 Episode 21
Not Quite Zen
How to Ease Anxiety When You’re Overwhelmed
Show Notes

I want to talk again about one of my favorite subjects – anxiety. 

Do you ever have those days when your mind is racing with negative self-talk and worry? Does the thought of going anywhere makes you want to throw something across the room, or make you start to panic? As your stress levels increase, does your anxiety also go up? 

If you regularly suffer from anxiety or you have experienced it in the past, you know how difficult it can be to live with this condition. Most people, myself included, spend a good chunk of time trying to figure out ways to get rid of anxiety. But then, when you can’t get rid of it, the anxiety gets worse. 

Here’s the hard truth, I have never met anyone who has been able to get rid of anxiety. But, if you think about it, that makes sense. Anxiety is left over from our primitive brains to keep us alive. We game out situations in our minds and prepare how to react. This worked great for preventing getting eaten by a wild animal but isn’t so awesome in modern society. 

I too have never been able to get rid of anxiety, but I have found there are two effective ways to deal with it so that you can live a joyful productive life. 

Option 1: If anxiety is holding you back from achieving your goals, then you can conquer it by taking committed action tied to your values. I like to call this brute-forcing your anxiety, and I explain how to do it in episode 10: “How to Overcome Anxiety With Brute Force.” 

However, anxiety isn’t always something that you need to overcome. Sometimes, when you’re feeling overwhelmed, you simply need a way to calm your anxiety so you can find some peace. Fortunately, there are many ways to ease anxiety. 

 That’s where Option 2 comes in: Easing Your Anxiety

Whether your anxiety is triggered by a specific event or life’s general stressors, I’m going to share with you several techniques that will help you feel less anxious so you can clear your mind and bring more calm to your day.

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