Whether it’s a disorder or a stressful situation, here are five things I’ve learned that help me to calm anxiety.
Worried all the time? So was I. I worried about everything: taking tests, meeting new people, speaking in public, going on dates, and competing in sports. You can read about what I learned from dealing with an anxiety disorder in “Facing Anxiety.”
First of all, an anxiety disorder doesn’t mean you lack character or are weak. It’s treatable and something that needs to be worked on–not something to be ashamed of. Second of all, everyone experience feelings of anxiety from time to time. It’s a normal reaction to new, unfamiliar, or challenging situations.
Whether it’s a disorder or a stressful situation, here are five things I’ve learned that help me to calm anxiety:
- When anxious thoughts and feelings come, stop what you’re doing for a while, sit still, close your eyes, and breathe deeply. Fill your mind with calming and peaceful thoughts.
- Good nutrition, rest, and exercise really help our physical, mental, and spiritual well-being
- Pay close attention to what you’re thinking. Fearful, negative, doubtful, unrealistic, or self-critical thoughts can trigger anxiety. Make a commitment to focus on healthy, positive, and realistic thinking.
- Talk to someone who can help, such as a parent or another trusted adult. If anxiety is severe enough, it may need to be treated with medication and therapy, and that’s OK. It’s not a sign of weakness or personal failure to get the help you need.
- Turn to actions that bring the Spirit into your life. Pray specifically for calm feelings. Count your blessings. Read scriptures that bring you peace, hope, and strength. Remember that Heavenly Father loves you and that “the worth of souls is great in the sight of God” (D&C 18:10). This means you have great worth. With this knowledge, believe in yourself and face your fears and challenges with faith. Move forward with confidence and do your best.
For more on this subject, see Lyle J. Burrup, “Anxiety and Anxiety Disorders,” Ensign, Mar. 2017, 54.
Based on an article originally appearing in the April 2017 New Era.
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