Helping Others Who Are Struggling With Worries and Anxiety

This post is intended to help others who are struggling with worries and anxiety.

I am grateful for life!

I mentioned above about how my post is intended to help others who are struggling with worries and anxiety. First, I would like to help you understand why it’s so important to me by sharing some of my personal information. A place that helps people who have mental and physical disabilities just hired me. There is a lot of excitement because it’s something different. I like helping people. Oddly enough, I am really enthusiastic about the training part because I get to become CPR certified. I also am able to obtain my QMAP (Qualified medication administration personnel) in order to give the individuals medication. For my husband and me, it’s a breath of fresh air because it has been difficult trying to find work. Somehow, though, we both ended up getting work at the same time.

“Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear, not absence of fear.” ~Mark Twain

I am free of anxiety. I am at peace in my mind and body.

I’ll be honest with you, though, I have mentioned in my profile and in previous posts that I am managing PTSD and anxiety. The diagnoses occurred about three years ago with these two issues. I say managing because once I have some sort of trigger, I am able to figure out ways to curb or regulate them in a more positive direction. This can be difficult. Just because you know what is going on with your brain doesn’t always mean that your subconscious is on board with all the changes you are trying to make. It’s frustrating sometimes when you know your thoughts can be irrational, you watch yourself react to them, and it’s not as easy to calm yourself down as it is for some people.

“Anxiety does not empty tomorrow of its sorrows, but only empties today of its strength.” ~Charles Spurgeon

My courage is greater than my fears.

Today I was talking to a friend and former employee of the place I was hired for. I asked her if I had to take a driving test. She, of course, replied, “Yes, you have to drive the van for them.” I have a clean driving record, but I have a slight fear of driving. Especially when I’m being tested for it (long story). So, that triggered my normal bout of worries. I don’t want to have issues with driving the big van for this place to be the reason I don’t have this job! I’m telling you this because today I decided to share a few techniques I use to help with my anxiety. Some people have a tendency to worry more than usual, have anxiety problems, or just need to calm down. Here are a few things that you can do to help!

Mindfulness

I am grateful for my life, and I focus on the present moment.

Funny thing, most people think that the best way to get past worries and anxieties is to try to ignore them or scold or judge because they are feeling them in the first place. People are so quick to write off feelings as good or bad. They don’t take the time to just focus on the fact that the feelings are there and they should face them. This is what mindfulness does for you. You focus on the present moment.

According to What Is Mindfulness, it “means maintaining a moment-by-moment awareness of our thoughts, feelings, bodily sensations, and surrounding environment…without judging them.” For more information on mindfulness, check out the highlighted website. There is a ton of information available and some YouTube videos to go along with it.

Meditation

Breathe in love, positivity, and tranquility. Breathe out negativity and that which no longer serves you.

Though sometimes thought of as the same as mindfulness, meditation is slightly different. There are some mindful meditation practices that you can do, but you can be mindful without meditating. I have this awesome app I use for meditations called Insight Timer. It’s great to use because not only does it have literally thousands of different meditations on there, it also has milestones and ways to make friends as well.

Today, I did a mental exercise by myself with the timer. You have different options for ambient sounds on the timer, and I like using Eternal stream. When I have moments like I did today, I mentally throw my problems, worries, and anxieties into a suitcase, close them tightly and throw them into the stream. Every time a problem arises, I take the problem and let it go. There are several different techniques you can use while meditating, and I will definitely go over some of those in another post soon.

Exercise

I am healthy and fit!

Though I haven’t been doing this one as often because I recently injured my foot, exercise does help a lot! (I may or may not have plantar fasciitis…or maybe I just really tweaked my foot bad when I went walking for an hour with my dog one day in really bad shoes…hasn’t fully healed yet, though.) 5 Strategies for Instant Anxiety Relief recommends jogging.

I used to love doing HIIT workouts because they are quick, they give you short bursts of a ton of energy, and they burn a lot of calories. Given our situation and where we live, I am not able to do the HIIT workouts at this moment, but you can find so many things on YouTube these days, and that’s how I used to do mine. I made a playlist of different stretches combined with different workouts on my YouTube channel. 10 Min HIIT Cardio Workout for Fat Loss – High-Intensity Workout at Home for Women Men No Equipment by HASfit is my favorite because there are different levels of intensity, and it works for men and women. You can check it out on YouTube by clicking the link I provided.

Find a Hobby and/or Start Journaling

I find peace in all moments of my life.

It’s difficult to worry about things if you have a hobby or keep yourself busy. I love to read any type of informative books to help improve myself. I also listen to a lot of music. My hobby is blogging, of course. I have two other blogs I try to keep up with besides this one. I promised myself I’d write every day since the beginning of March, and so far, I have written almost every day. If I didn’t get a day of writing in I usually post extra on one of my blogs. I love surrounding myself with positive things so that I am able to keep a positive mental state. That’s why I started doing Your Daily Shot of Inspiration. It’s a short and sweet way to stay upbeat with daily inspirational quotes and my thoughts about them. My other blog, Who Blogging Cares? is full of poetry and a couple other random posts to help me vent. I’ve been writing poetry since I was about 14 years old. I also do other things, but blogging has kept me busy enough to keep my mind out of trouble, which is why I do it so often, at least until I figure out how to fit it in with my new job starting soon.

Positive Affirmations

All is well in my world. I am calm, happy, and content.

If you haven’t noticed, I have been using positive affirmations I made up off the top of my head throughout this entire post. In a previous post here on BayArt, What If You Could Trick Your Brain…Well You Can!!! It’s Been Proven!!!I wrote about tricking your subconscious. This sort of goes along with it. Repeating positive affirmations, or using theta binaural beats with positive affirmations daily can help with anxiety as well. I know it’s helped me a lot. Rome wasn’t built in a day, so these things take time, but they are helping. You can even just write down a few affirmations and put them up around your house. If you see them or speak them every day, your subconscious starts believing them.

I release all that is blocking me from inner peace and happiness.

Well, there you have just a few ways to help manage your worries. Hope that helps you! And if anything, you can help me by reading my blogs lol. I am only getting the satisfaction of having an audience who stays engaged. I love and welcome likes and positive comments and feedback. Also, the same goes for my other two blogs. Check them out if you ever need some shorter, inspiring words or if you like to read poetry. Peace and love be with you on this journey called life!

 –Carrie Pottberg–MoveOverOptimist

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