Stomp out anxiety and step in to your confidence

Stomp out anxiety and step in to your confidence

Most people have struggled with anxiety at some point in their life.  For some, it is a passing phase triggered by a particular event and for others, it is a daily struggle to live life with anxiety.

So what are the different types of anxiety?

There are a number of forms of anxiety and understanding each one and knowing which one affects you, is the key to learning to manage a life without anxiety taking over:

  1. Social anxiety – this shows itself in the form of being uncomfortable around groups of people or in social situations;
  2. General Anxiety Disorder – the more common of the anxiety disorders and often just a general feeling of unease, lack of confidence, constant tension or stress with no apparent cause;
  3. Panic attacks – random attacks that can cause palpitations, sweating, feeling of losing control in a situation and/or an irrational fear of a possible outcome;
  4. Phobias – having a phobia about a particular thing or situation is a common form of anxiety.

What causes anxiety?

Anxiety in general, is triggered by a low level of self-confidence and self-esteem. This can often stem from childhood trauma or situations and as we become adults the reasoning behind them becomes larger than life and begins to manifest itself as regular anxiety.  For example; if you were bullied at school because of the clothes you wore, it would more than likely be carried through to adulthood as a lack of self-confidence in the way you look and cause you a lot of anxiety when deciding what to wear for work or a function etc.

Planning to defeat anxiety.

The key to mastering anxiety is to learn the triggers, work out a plan for dealing with them and to work on your self-confidence.  The higher your self-confidence goes the less anxiety you will have to deal with as you work through the issues that create anxiety and formulate a plan for dealing with anxiety as it occurs.

Here are some strategies to help you work through anxiety and step into your confidence self:

  1. Understand the type of anxiety you face;
  2. Know what triggers the anxiety and look at why it triggers it;
  3. Address the triggers – can they be removed, is there a better way to tackle a task that creates a trigger;
  4. Be at your best – eat well, rest as much as you need to, keep your body and mind healthy so you are not overwhelmed due to tiredness;
  5. Learn to take compliments – this is often overlooked but when we are given a compliment and we accept it we boost our self-esteem and self-confidence which then in turn, reduces anxiety;
  6. Don’t avoid a situation – plan how to tackle it. Avoidance only increases anxiety as we stress over what might be in the future rather than just tackling the situation and getting it over and done with.

If anxiety is part of your life please seek support from family, friends, doctors and work colleagues.  In addition, consider taking one of the online courses available on our website to help you work through the anxiety and plan how to move forward.

Do you have any techniques you follow that have helped you to keep anxiety at bay?  I’d love to hear about it. Please leave a comment and share it with us.

Glenise Anderson

Glenise is the Director of SR Group and Self Confident Women. Her passion lies in increasing confidence and emotional intelligence levels of individuals and teams, creating higher productivity and happiness. She is a speaker, qualified Trainer, Advanced Consultant in Extended DISC, Coach & Mentor.

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