How do we manage our anxiety in difficult times?

Anxiety is an emotion that develops in stressful situations when there is something to deal with in life.

Anxiety, which is a psychological process, causes fear and tension in the emotional field and causes changes in people’s daily life, decisions, and action-reaction behaviors.

Some of today’s challenges; The pace of work based on fierce competition, insecurity for the future, the worry of economic contraction, the anxiety of paying the debts, the fear of earthquakes, the anxiety of getting sick, the worries about education and training…

Another important function of anxiety is that it is a reaction that protects us in times of danger. If we didn’t worry about anything, we wouldn’t be a species that has survived for 1.8 million years despite all the dangers, right?

Our primitive brain, which creates the ‘fight-flight’ response in order to survive, continues to exist thanks to the anxiety mechanism.

Today, the main thing is not to worry, but to find ways to exhibit a positive behavior in the face of anxiety.

Let’s evaluate ways to cope with anxiety together!

Evaluate Anxiety from a Different Perspective,

If we were to translate anxiety into a formula, it could be expressed as Anxiety = Danger / Coping…

The level of ability to cope with the situation perceived as a danger determines the level of anxiety.

The more danger is perceived and the more limited the coping skills are considered, the higher the anxiety level will be.

Considering it as a mathematical formula, it will be possible to alleviate anxiety by increasing the denominator, that is, by increasing the coping possibilities.

rationalize,

An important key to coping with anxiety is being able to realistically assess danger and coping skills.

It is of great importance to be able to evaluate the current and anxiety-provoking situation in its own reality without denying or catastrophizing or trying to control it.

What information do you have?

What can you do with this information?

How useful are the methods used?

It is possible to manage this process with questions such as:

Eliminate uncertainties

Uncertain situations will increase the level of anxiety as they can create a perception of danger and narrow the field of view with the feeling of walking in foggy weather.

Clarifying the uncertainties as much as possible and preparing how to proceed in the event of an undesired outcome will help reduce the level of anxiety here.

Benefit from your experience,

Remember how you came out of difficult times before, your achievements and your talent. Remembering the situations in which you were worried and which resulted in the way you wanted will make you feel good today as well. Being aware of your strength will help you cope with anxiety.

Do Physical Activity,

Increased anxiety will cause physical stress. An increase in stress level will cause energy accumulation in your body, thinning of the vessels and an increase in heart rhythm. Discharging the energy accumulated due to stress with physical activity will reduce the resistance. You will see that you will feel much better after physical activity…

Notice the Opportunities

It will be good to try to focus on opportunities, to question life and how you live, and to focus on the present instead of anxiously waiting for the next days.

When the anxiety-causing situation disappears, focusing on what will be gained, what skills will be acquired when this time passes, and increasing the level of awareness will reduce the current level of anxiety and allow you to focus on the achievements.

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