Learning to pay attention to your fears will make a big difference in you choosing between staying away from something or someone to stay safe.
Sometimes anxiety can feel so bad that you feel your heart rate increase and you might even experience physical pain. I always try to remind myself of all the good things I have in my life, all the things that bring me joy, and that everything will be ok.
The things that are listed here are ways that I have been able to reduced minor symptoms of fear and anxiety. They do not replace medical advice.
For me, the fastest way to reduce anxiety is to breathe. Taking a moment to recognize that I’m dealing with anxiety and allowing myself time to breathe lets my mind calm down a bit.
I have found that feeling anxious comes from a lack of control for me. Situations where I don’t have control over my children make me anxious, like a rollercoaster ride, them being out with friends for the first time unsupervised, when they get sick.
I’ve learned to rationalize my fear and really decide if it’s just fear out of habit and panic, or if it’s a fear I need to push through and not allow it to take something from my life.