On a daily basis, we are constantly plagued by the worries of the future, and this causes anxiety which can be very paralyzing. Not only does anxiety leave you stuck on your problems, but it also does nothing to solve them. There is actually no point in worrying, as what you worry about may happen whether or not you worry about it. But of course, that is easier said than done. The key to dealing with anxiety is being able to translate those fears into acts of healing. Keep reading to learn more!
What is Anxiety?
Anxiety is a natural response to stress instigated by your body through chemical reactions in your brain and other physiological reactions, such as shortness of breath, sweaty palms, butterflies in your stomach, a restless mind, trouble sleeping, lack of appetite, or a racing heartbeat. It can be caused by good or bad stress.
What is Good vs. Bad Stress?
The are many differences when it comes to good vs. bad stress. Good stress (or “eustress”), for example, is like planning a wedding, graduating from college, going to an important job interview, or riding a roller coaster. It makes you feel excited, yet nervous or anxious. Bad stress, for example, is actually called “chronic stress.” It can be caused by an unhappy home life, a stressful job, or a toxic relationship. Too much chronic stress can actually harm your health.
That’s why it’s important to support your overall health and wellbeing to avoid bad stress and anxiety. When it comes to mental health, there are many paths you can take to support your healing process, including getting counseling from a mental health professional. First, you’ll want to learn the difference between a therapist vs psychiatrist and which may work best for you!
What’s Going on … Inside?
Our minds are designed to worry and be fearful of the unknown. The truth is, your happiness can only be secured from you. If you depend on what is going on around you to make you happy, more often than not you will end up sorely disappointed, because the world is not always a pretty place. And sometimes your expectations of yourself and others may just be too high.
Try to understand that no matter what the outcome of the situation is, you will still be okay.
In the end, it all depends on you and the decisions you make within yourself not to be bummed out about every bad situation but to translate anxiety into acts of healing to benefit you, not to destroy you. This may sound close to impossible, but here are some practical ways to translate anxiety into acts of healing.
How to Translate Anxiety into Acts of Healing
A great way to deal with anxiety and fear is to sit down, cross your legs and… breathe. Okay, you don’t necessarily have to cross your legs, but you get the point. Meditation helps you to focus on just one thing by living in the present moment and often is better than medication, as it calms you with no side effects. Whenever you feel anxiety creeping in, take some time out, go to a quiet place, get in a comfortable position, and just do some breathing exercises to calm you down. While meditating, focus on understanding that there is no point worrying, and that you will survive whatever you may be going through. You have a choice, and there is always a solution to every problem.
Allow yourself to really see what is causing your fears by doing some internal self realization. This can be done during meditation or simply when you have some time to sit down and think clearly. Try and actually see what feelings are behind your fears. When you have figured this out, choose what you would rather feel and go do something that will give you that feeling, whether dancing, taking a long walk, playing with your pet, or simply taking the time to talk things out with someone.
Accept the Possible Outcomes
Convert worrying into acceptance. The reason anxiety often paralyzes us is because we are saddled with the idea that the outcome is going to be terrible. Instead, translate anxiety into accepting that the outcome may actually be something you may not want to happen, but that it’s okay. When one door closes, another one opens. If you believe in a Higher Power, try prayer and let go of your fears and worries into his or her hands to help guide and comfort you through your struggles.
No matter where you are in the healing journey, we wish you love, light, and joy. In times of need, say the Serenity Prayer, and you will feel more at ease.
God grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change;
courage to change the things I can;
and wisdom to know the difference.
The most important thing you can do for yourself when you translate anxiety into acts of healing is to practice self-care. This can be done by forgiving yourself, saying daily positive affirmations (like “This time I will definitely be happy”), writing your thoughts and feelings down in a journal, having a spa day to pamper yourself, getting a massage, meeting old friends for lunch, reading a good book, going to the gym, seeing a new movie, trying iHome Zenergy Sleep Therapy, or anything else that will make you feel happy and special. Taking time out just for you and to meet your own needs is a way to reconnect with yourself and help in the healing process.
Another way to take care of yourself is to focus on maintaining your health. Along with a well-balanced diet and regular exercise, taking a multivitamin and other supplements may help keep you healthy overall. More specifically, for mood support, try Brain Mood or Mood Systems Balance by Douglas Labs. Also try Sunny Mood by Irwin Naturals. These natural herbal-based supplements can help support a balanced mood, so you can better get through your day and translate anxiety into acts of healing. Namaste!