What if dealing with your anxiety was much more practical than you think? What if making five or six simple changes could really do it?
I meet so many high achievers in my Atlanta anxiety counseling office, and I can’t tell you how many of them have anxiety symptoms.
Let me tell you something, high achievers are definitely anxious.
And it makes sense. You push to do as much as you can. You help others. You pursue your career. You don’t waste time or energy. You try to be perfect.
And part of you knows that this makes you great at life.
But secretly, you know that your perfectionistic high performing get it done attitude causes you some problems. It causes you to disdain your imperfect humanity, judge your imperfections, and get upset when you don’t measure up to people’s expectations, or worse your own.
And so, you have a little bit of anxiety.
It brings on ruminating thoughts, difficulties concentrating or making decisions, racing heart, difficulties breathing or catching your breath, and general feelings of stress even when there’s nothing to stress about.
But, what if you could do something about it? What if, you could actually manage those symptoms and possibly get rid of them?
Here are a few ways that people can work to manage symptoms of anxiety:
- Learn to release judgment and shame.
- Help your body deal with the physical components (deep breathing, grounding, and more.)
- Change your thoughts (they’re linked to feelings and behaviors so they definitely impact anxiety.)
- Get out of your head and into your body (dance, play, laugh,etc.)
- Get your nutrition right (caffeine has been known to be unhelpful for people struggling with anxiety, and there’s more nutrition to pay attention to than that.)
- Identify your triggers, and find healthy ways to cope with them.
Does any of this sound foreign to you, or do you need help implementing? I encourage you to get some support if so. Call an atlanta counselor, or a friend, or a mentor.