President Trump is Causing a lot of Anxiety
There’s plenty of anxiety going around these days. Some of our worst fears are coming true with Donald Trump as President. He’s taking a misguided stand against protecting our environment and human rights. Trump has increased fears of terrorism and nuclear attack. Millions are gravely concerned about his education policies, lack of criminal justice reform, discrimination, and much more. All these things are likely creating higher levels of anxiety in you.
Anxiety has a way of taking on a life of its own. It takes a toll on your body. You may have trouble concentrating or sleeping. You can develop stomach irritation or headaches. If you don’t get a handle on your anxiety, you may end up dealing with serious physical consequences. To discover how to conquer your anxiety, read on.
Helping Others Reduces Your Anxiety
How do you cope with anxiety? First, ‘Take control of the things you can, and accept those you can’t change.’ Stay focused on what you can do, not what you can’t. It’s time to step it up. There are plenty of others already making a positive difference in the world. Regardless of what’s going on around them, they remain focused and committed to their goals. So can you. If you feel strongly about immigrants’ rights being violated, take mindful action where you can and support organizations that assist them. Joining in is a powerful way to create positive change with the added bonus of relieving your anxiety.
Don’t Marinate in Anxious Thoughts
Coping means to ‘deal with’ it as it comes up. An effective way to handle any unwanted emotion is to simply observe it. Rather than automatically—often unconsciously—getting pulled into negative thinking, watch it. Notice how these anxious thoughts are like a wave in the ocean. Allow that “thought wave” to wash over you, douse you in fear and all the debris carried with it. Ride it out for a few minutes and allow it to go back out again like the tide. The key is in observing all of this without getting pulled into its undertow where you’re flailing about grasping for a life buoy and desperately gasping for air. You’ll get a better grip on things if you observe your anxious thoughts come . . . and go.
Physical Movement Diffuses Anxiety
Scientific studies show just 21 minutes of exercise will remarkably reduce symptoms of anxiety. A brisk walk floods your body with endorphins that make you feel good. When you don’t exercise on a regular basis, it’s easier to get hung up in frustration, angst and depression.
You Can Find Peace
Anxiety can feel overwhelming and weigh you down. Keep in mind, coping with anxiety happens inside of you. Using the above-outlined steps, you’ll develop the skill to reduce your anxiety and cope effectively. Then you can remain at peace and harmony with life no matter what Trump and his staff are up to.