7 Ways to Deal with Anxiety Using Your Intuition
Updated: Apr 16
Is Anxiety Taking Over Your Life?
I honestly can't count how many missed opportunities I've had in my life due to anxiety. This mental disorder affects as many as 40 million Americans, and the number continues to climb every year. If you suffer from anxiety, you are probably no stranger to sleep deprivation, stomach/digestive upset, and self-isolation.
Although I still suffer from moments of panic and am prone to overthinking, negative self-talk & people-pleasing at times, meditation and trusting my intuition has allowed me to have more positive experiences. I'd like to share what I've learned on my spiritual journey but can't stress enough the importance of finding a skilled mental health professional.
7 Tips to Help Deal with Your Anxiety Using Your Intuition
1. Be in the moment.
Dwelling on the past will make you apprehensive about the future. Ever find yourself up late at night thinking about things you wished had turned out differently? Do you continuously replay old conversations you botched or moments where you felt misunderstood? Fretting about situations out of your control will only stifle your goals and make insignificant events terrifying.
I've broken out into a cold sweat while lying in a warm, comfortable bed because of an overwhelming wave of anxiety. If you ever find yourself looking for the nearest exit in a panic… Take a deep breath and remind yourself of where you are. Ask yourself questions like, "Am I safe right now?" "Is the person I am with wanting to hurt me in some way?" If the answer is no, then your anxiety will start to subside. Focus less on your body's reaction to your fears and more on your surroundings. Let your intuition (your unconscious mind & inner wisdom) take the driver's seat and become a witness to all you see.
2. Find value in your way of thinking and your opinions.
Anxiety around wanting to be liked and respected by others understandable, but then you rely on other people to establish your self-esteem. If you worry that you will be made fun of, or that they will think you’re not smart, or that you are boring to be around, then you will feel alone, even in a crowd of friends. Remember that those fears are a story you've told yourself. Instead of falling victim to negative, intrusive thoughts, be mindful of your intrinsic value. There is no one in the world quite like you. Don’t let what others think stop you from being yourself.
“If you feel lost, disappointed, hesitant, or weak, return to yourself, to who you are, here and now, and when you get there, you will discover yourself, like a lotus flower in full bloom, even in a muddy pond, beautiful and strong.” ~Masaru Emoto
3. Use optimism to your advantage.
When feeling anxious, have you ever had the thought, “I can’t do this!” or “I'm not good enough." A pessimistic attitude will harm your efforts to move beyond paralyzing anxiety. Stop for a moment and flip the script. "Yes, this is scary or hard, but I can do this." Focus on what you can do. Try to worry less about the outcome because what happens outside of you is beyond your control.
Consider practicing with affirmations. Related article: Intuitive Affirmations. Stay connected by signing up for a monthly newsletter & get an intuitive affirmation worksheet!
4. Take a break from social media.
Don't let a false concept of reality cripple you. Comparing yourself or your lifestyle to others will bump your anxiety up to the next level. Follow your instincts instead of Twitter accounts. Bring meaning into your life by creating personal experiences that aren’t under the scrutiny of others… Do what you love just for you. Go swimming on a hot day because you love the cool water on your skin, not because you want to post a cute picture of yourself having fun.
5. Remove yourself from toxic relationships.
Controlling and manipulative friends and/or family members will challenge your sense of security. Is there anyone in your life that is dominating or trying to exploit your sensitive nature? Stress caused by a toxic relationship spills over into every area of your life, whether or not the person is always present. If it is possible, cut ties with harmful people. If that isn't possible due to your living situation, seek help from a therapist and focus on solutions that will lead you toward healthier relationships.
6. Create a safe place to retreat to.
This may be a physical place or a mental place. When you live in a chaotic environment, you need to have an out. For example: If your home life is difficult because a family member is engaging in substance abuse, find a support group to retreat to. If your parents are always fighting over marital problems or roommates constantly argue over finances, make a mediation corner in your room where you can shut the door and shift your awareness inward. (If you are living in a harmful situation, you can reach out to the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE or www.thehotline.org)
7. Accept yourself and your accomplishments as they are.
Constantly striving for perfection and setting unrealistic work goals for school or your career can cause chronic stress. Being in this perpetual state can lead to a fear of failure. This added stress can cause havoc on your sleep and eating schedule and manifest physical symptoms of anxiety.
How do you deal with anxiety? Being in the moment & taking a break from social media are wonderful ways to build confidence and begin to trust your higher self. Are there other methods that have worked for you? Comment below or like and share if any of these tips might be helpful to someone you know.
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