Anxiety can present as fear, restlessness, an inability to focus at work, home or school, finding it hard to fall or stay asleep at night, or getting easily irritated, just coping with anxiety can be difficult.
In social situations, coping with anxiety can make it hard to talk to others; you might feel like you’re constantly being judged, or have symptoms such as stuttering, sweating, blushing or an upset stomach.
We know only too well how coping with anxiety can appear out of the blue as a panic attack, when sudden spikes of anxiety make us feel like you’re about to have a heart attack, go mad or lose control.
Or it can be present all the time, as in generalised anxiety disorder, when verbose and pervasive worry consumes us and we look to the future with dark intrusive thoughts.
Most people experience it at some point, but if coping with anxiety starts interfering with your life, sleep, ability to form relationships, or productivity at work or school, you might have an anxiety problem that runs deep.
Research suggests that if it’s left untreated, coping with anxiety can lead to depression, early death and suicide.
While it can indeed lead to such serious health consequences, the medication that is prescribed to assist coping with anxiety doesn’t often work in the long-term. Symptoms often return and you’re back where you started.
Tip 1: Do it Badly
The way you cope or handle things in life has a direct impact on how much anxiety you experience; tweak the way you’re coping, therefore, and we can lower our anxiety levels.
So follows some food for thought in terms of coping skills that have emerged from a study at the University of Cambridge.
We can feel like life is out of control. We find it hard to make decisions – or get things started. Well, one way to overcome indecision or get going on that new project is to “do it badly”.
This may sound strange, but the writer and poet GK Chesterton said that: “Anything worth doing is worth doing badly.” And he had a point.
Why this works so well when coping with anxiety is that it speeds up our decision-making process and catapults us straight into action. Otherwise, you could spend hours deciding how you should do something or what you should do, which can be very time-consuming and stressful when coping with anxiety .
Often, we want to do something “perfectly” or to wait until the