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How Can I Turn Things Around if I’m Addicted to Anxiety?

How Can I Turn Things Around if I’m Addicted to Anxiety?

The world feels like it is in the midst of a colossal turmoil, which maybe it is, maybe it isn’t, but your world is the one that matters. Anxious thoughts and feelings can crop up at any time, any place they darn well feel like it and lay you out flat. Maybe it happens after obsessing over news online, a traumatic event, stress at work, or information overload on social media. There are ways to break the addiction to anxiety. Find some tips for how to turn things around if you seem lost to anxiety.

Anxious Thoughts and Feelings

There are ways to tell if you are feeling anxious or having anxious thoughts. They might include:

  • Do you worry about things every day?
  • Is it difficult to watch tv shows or news that induce anxiety?
  • Do you experience separation anxiety from social media?
  • Do you make problems seem bigger than they are?
  • When one anxious issue is resolved, do you create another thing to worry about?

If you answered yes to these questions, it may be likely you are struggling with anxiety. To quiet anxiety, there are ways to retrain the brain to send chemicals that counteract the fight-or-flight response your body is likely in most of the time when you are anxious.

Turn it Around

Emotional freedom comes from learning how to master your anxiety and get a grip. It takes practice to quiet your system but there is hope. You can achieve immediate and longer term results with some help from a few strategies.

  • Eliminate caffeine. This and other stimulants will fuel the fight-or-flight response
  • Avoid people who reinforce your fear, “emotional vampires.”
  • Stay away from violent stories, books, arguments, internet, or other stressful situations before bed
  • Set healthy limits and boundaries. Saying ‘no’ is enough, and a healthy way to set limits with stress inducing people and situations.
  • Pause when agitated. It helps to stop worrying about acting until you are more calm and less anxious.
  • Relaxation techniques can help. Find some that work for you including meditation, guided imagery or other ways to let your body relax fully.
  • Gain presence of mind. Try some yoga or other meditative practice you can do with your body that takes the focus off your mind. This will help you stay connected to the present moment.

Anxiety is a common response to life’s challenges but it should not take over your whole life. It is also not uncommon to find high anxiety in people who struggle with addiction. If you are struggling with mental health challenges like anxiety and addiction, we are here to help you find what you need to heal and recover. Call us 24/7 at our toll-free number: 866-294-9401