Everyone feels some anxiety, uncertainty and stress from time to time. Thomas A. Richards, Ph.D. Psychologist writes that it is no secret that the majority of us with anxiety have “thinking “ problems that sometimes tear us down and make us feel miserable and depressed.
The key is not to get stuck in a pattern of thinking that is counterproductive to your well being. Anxiety is nothing more than fear, and we know that fear is false evidence appearing real. Fear, misplaced faith is the reversal of confidence, and that causes the anxiety and uncertainty.
You can learn to transform the fear into confidence. One way to do this is by changing your attitude of mind about what you believe about yourself or the situation. The universal doubts such as not being worthy, feeling useless, inadequate, etc. keeps you stuck in the self defeating mindset.
Once you realize that the anxiety is a mental attitude, take a look at the root cause of the fear. Examine the fear thoughts that you have about that thing until you understand it, then it will no longer have power over you.
Through my spiritual living practices I’ve learned to implement these techniques when dealing with anxiety in my life.
Dealing With Fear Based Anxiety and Uncertainty
- Recognize Your Fears
Examine your life for places where stressful thoughts are present. That’s usually where fear is most active. Fear can immobilize you, so take a moment to journal and describe the situation in your life where you are stagnant.
- Face Fear head on
Deal with it, from the fear perspective. What is the worse thing that your fear thinks could happen? Describe what is the fear telling you it thinks is going to happen.
- Talk to Your Fear
Imagine fear had a voice and you can ask it questions about its concerns. What might fear say? You can ask questions like: what’s important to it, why does it want you to be afraid, or even if it’s trying to protect you from something, you want to know what it is.
- Accept Fear
Whatever comes up for you acknowledge the value of fear’s concerns; as if you’re assuring a close friend that you don’t want to change it. You just want to thank the fear for reminding you that you need to …..
After doing so you should step back from the worse case scenarios and recognize other possible outcomes or more meaningful life strategies.
- Choose a more meaningful solution that feels authentic to you.
Once you’ve weighed all the options what’s right for you. What can you do now to move you beyond your fear based limitations?
- Mobilize your life and get moving into action.
Do something no matter how small that will take you out of your fear and move into action towards your higher purpose in life.
If you find yourself in a stressful situation that you can’t cope with there are certain things you can do to alleviate the intensity of your response in the situation.
- Remove Yourself From the Situation
Remove yourself from the setting as politely as possible. You can say something like, “excuse me I have to go to the rest room.” Once you’re away from the situation go outside the building for fresh air, weather permitting. Take a brief walk to clear your head. Doing so effectively allows the undesirable energy to be neutralized.
- Say a quiet mediation or affirmation
If you have to return to the stressful situation, before doing so, say a quiet meditation or affirmation to generate a more peaceful atmosphere and inspire you to manage the situation in a healthier manner. You can say something like “God within me is perfect Peace. I am serene, tranquil, and quiet.” This will again help to neutralize the toxic energy surrounding the situation.
If you don’t have to return, then don’t. If you need to retrieve your personal belongings then do so, again as politely as possible. As you gather your belongings quietly affirm to yourself something like “I radiate peace, I radiate love, all is well.”
When you get into your car instead of driving off right away, take a moment to breath deeply a few times, to release the tension in you. If you have music available put on something soothing to help you unwind before driving into traffic. When you feel ready then drive home or to your next destination.
You no longer have to be emotionally handicapped by anxiety, stress & uncertainty. These 8 spiritual principles are life transforming. If you begin to practice them as needed you can successfully release any stressful situation from your life.
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Shirley T. Harris is a professional Spiritual Life Coach, and lives in Northern Virginia with her husband and one year old Yorkie, Boogie Toogie.
She helps clients who are seeking a higher level of living to understand their spiritual nature. By teaching spiritual principles & encouraging spiritual living she helps clients develop spiritually while uncovering their divine life purpose. She believes we should strive to live the highest life possible & align with the holy nature of the Divine within us all. That is the ultimate life goal, and the highest honor anyone can strive for.