5 THINGS YOU CAN START DOING TODAY TO KICK ANXIETY IN THE ASS
Anxiety and depression freak'n suck and they compliment each other like some dysfunctional Ying-Yang. Something might have happened in your childhood, or you suffered some highly traumatic event. In any event, happiness and rational thinking become inaccessible like your favorite files lost on a corrupted hard drive.
So now our fears and false confirmations of failure are running around our brains like a pack of rabid shit throwing capuchin monkeys and we:
- are completely overwhelmed by fear and worry.
- can't focus or remember.
- have panic attacks.
- have headaches, racing hearts, tension in chest, etc...
- have no motivation and lose interest in our passions.
And sadly, it becomes so overwhelming for many of us that we resort to self-medicating, which can lead to addiction, and if THAT goes unchecked it can lead to jails, institutions, and death.
Sound familiar? Check it, you’re not alone. I’m going to share with you 5 things that you can do today to start getting these monkeys to stand in line and march back into the forest, so you can just relax and appreciate the beauty of the trees. Let's flip the script, and remember, your thoughts, even if they talk to you in your own voice, ARE NOT YOU.
Get off your ass! Mix up some cardio with resistance training. Buy a kettlebell, take a kickboxing class, or just go for a walk. You don’t have to be a fitness model (maybe you do) but if you want to melt the stress, it’s gotta be daily. Whatever you do JUST GET STARTED! I always thought the hardest part about biking to work was putting on the spandex. Whatever you wanna do, warm up, work up a sweat, stretch... and get a good nights sleep.
2) FILL YOUR HEAD WITH COMEDY
It may seem as if your world is crumbling, you'd be surprised at how helpful a solid belly laugh is. You remember? That, I almost pee'd myself laughter? It's out there and it will make you feel good. Check out Bill Burr, Trevor Noah or Jim Gaffigan. Find their videos, books or better yet, find a podcast... and take it for a 20-minute walk... after you meditated and ate a salad!
3) DIET AND NUTRITION
It’s possible, I'm not saying it's 100% the cause, but I'm just saying, that it's possible that your daily double chocolate mocha’s and Monster energy drink might be negatively contributing to the problem. Excessive caffeine, sugar, and unhealthy carbs may hit your brain like an opioid and after a few hours and leave you feeling like a sorry sack. Studies show that sugar is just as addictive as cocaine. Say no to drugs, kids! If you don't know what's healthy, (you probably do, but I'm going to annoy you by saying it anyway) eat your locally grown fruits, veggies, lean proteins and check out some high end vitamins if you want to take your supplements to the next level.
4) REPROGRAM YOUR THOUGHTS
Ok, dig... this does not happen overnight. Those thoughts took years to make a nice home in your mind. Time for some personal development. Set aside 20 minutes a day, every day, to meditate. Maybe you're not into it, but the stats are in my dudes and dudettes, meditation works. Check out authors such as Maxwell Maltz, Eckhart Tolle, Brian Tracy, Roy Masters, Jeffrey Combs, Lao Tsu, Victor Frankl and programs such as Neuro-Linguistic Programming, the Sedona Method, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Write down some positive affirmations and read them out loud several times a day. This might sound strange, but REALLY FEEL IT while you read them, even if you don't believe your subconscious WILL listen.
5) SEEK PROFESSIONAL HELP
Listen, if it's too heavy to lift on your own, get help. There's no shame in taking care of yourself. If you broke your arm you'd go to the ER, right? Call your rabbi, priest, therapist, find a support group, and maybe get some psychiatric treatment to improve your serotonin levels. If you do get help, GOOD ON YOU!!! That takes courage.
I'm going to partially quote Gandhi, here. "Your beliefs become your thoughts, your thoughts become your words, your words become your actions... " The point is that we can work backward. Take some action, change what you say to yourself and what you put into your head, and your thoughts will change too. DO IT, DO IT NOW!