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10 Simple Ways To Quiet Your Anxiety

10 Simple Ways To Quiet Your Anxiety

Anxiety is a psychological behaviour most often characterized by certain criteria such as easy loss of attention, lack of self-control, and even lack of a retentive memory. Many individuals who have this disorder find it difficult to recognise it as an illness. From the few who suffer only 20% are diagnosed and treated. If you have any of the above listed characteristics of anxiety you may want to consider using one of these 10 simple ways to quiet it.

1. Sort your emails by priority

Opening your mailbox and seeing +1000 emails can increase your anxiety as you will find it difficult to know where to start. You can avoid this from happening by adjusting your mailbox setting to priority first.

    2. Build a To-do list

    Having a written or typed to-do list takes heavy information out of your brain. This can significantly help free you from building stressful moments such as when we forget something important we need to do.

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      3. Relocate and Free your desk/office

      The state and surrounding of your office space directly affects the state of your mind. Freeing and organizing your office space can help you calm down when looking for files and subsequently help you to get annoyed less. Also, if your office is located in an area where there is high traffic you may find it difficult to concentrate on an activity. Moving your desk to face the wall will definitely help you focus more.

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        4. Write down your ideas

        A person with anxiety disorder can become very irritated when inspired as this causes a lot of neurological stress. A good way to avoid this tension is by writing your ideas in a memo either on a piece of paper or in your phone.

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          5. Do not procrastinate; instead, breakdown the task

          Procrastinating can build stress and definitely aggravate your anxiety. A simple way to solve this issue is to breakdown the task and do the minimum subtask required to start the main task. This will relieve your mind of any form of breakdown.

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            6. Have deadlines for each milestones

            After breaking down your tasks into subtasks, it is always a good idea to have a bigger picture of the whole task and define a certain date when it must be completed. You may want to select the end of a music playlist or a seminar to represent your deadline. This will build a structure frame of mind and also avoid unnecessary daily stress thus highly reduce your anxiety.

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              7. Use a calendar

              Using a calendar can ease on your anxiety as well as enhance your organizational skills. Set events and reminders for things that have to be done. Place the calendar widget display on your  phone’s home screen and make sure the task reminder titles are relatively aggressive to urge you do them.

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                8. Grab a stress ball or grip-strengthener

                A stress ball lets you transfer aggression to an inert object and helps you feel better. Another small way to quiet anxiety is by using grip-strengthener when you feel you have to move around during a meeting or in a classroom.

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                  9. Close all social media distractions

                  The least thing you want when doing a serious task is receiving a notification from facebook or any other social media website. Resisting such call can be very challenging at times and more often than not raises our anxiety as well as our curiosity. This can be mitigated by using a social media blocker called Self Control to keep you on track for a certain time frame.

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                    10. Take short breaks

                    When focusing for too long on a particular task, you brain may get drained and you will be unable to think and solve trivial issues. This will build stress and subsequently anxiety as you will be feeling uncomfortable with the situation. Nonetheless, here is the good news, taking a break with your colleagues once in a while to refresh and reboot your brain can go a long way to quiet anxiety once and for all.

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                      Last Updated on October 20, 2020

                      How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

                      How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

                      You have a deadline looming. However, instead of doing your work, you are fiddling with miscellaneous things like checking email, social media, watching videos, surfing blogs and forums. You know you should be working, but you just don’t feel like doing anything.

                      We are all familiar with the procrastination phenomenon. When we procrastinate, we squander away our free time and put off important tasks we should be doing them till it’s too late. And when it is indeed too late, we panic and wish we got started earlier.

                      The chronic procrastinators I know have spent years of their life looped in this cycle. Delaying, putting off things, slacking, hiding from work, facing work only when it’s unavoidable, then repeating this loop all over again. It’s a bad habit that eats us away and prevents us from achieving greater results in life.

                      Don’t let procrastination take over your life. Here, I will share my personal steps on how to stop procrastinating. These 11 steps will definitely apply to you too:

                      1. Break Your Work into Little Steps

                      Part of the reason why we procrastinate is because subconsciously, we find the work too overwhelming for us. Break it down into little parts, then focus on one part at the time. If you still procrastinate on the task after breaking it down, then break it down even further. Soon, your task will be so simple that you will be thinking “gee, this is so simple that I might as well just do it now!”.

                      For example, I’m currently writing a new book (on How to achieve anything in life). Book writing at its full scale is an enormous project and can be overwhelming. However, when I break it down into phases such as –

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                      • (1) Research
                      • (2) Deciding the topic
                      • (3) Creating the outline
                      • (4) Drafting the content
                      • (5) Writing Chapters #1 to #10,
                      • (6) Revision
                      • (7) etc.

                      Suddenly it seems very manageable. What I do then is to focus on the immediate phase and get it done to my best ability, without thinking about the other phases. When it’s done, I move on to the next.

                      2. Change Your Environment

                      Different environments have different impact on our productivity. Look at your work desk and your room. Do they make you want to work or do they make you want to snuggle and sleep? If it’s the latter, you should look into changing your workspace.

                      One thing to note is that an environment that makes us feel inspired before may lose its effect after a period of time. If that’s the case, then it’s time to change things around. Refer to Steps #2 and #3 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity, which talks about revamping your environment and workspace.

                      3. Create a Detailed Timeline with Specific Deadlines

                      Having just 1 deadline for your work is like an invitation to procrastinate. That’s because we get the impression that we have time and keep pushing everything back, until it’s too late.

                      Break down your project (see tip #1), then create an overall timeline with specific deadlines for each small task. This way, you know you have to finish each task by a certain date. Your timelines must be robust, too – i.e. if you don’t finish this by today, it’s going to jeopardize everything else you have planned after that. This way it creates the urgency to act.

                      My goals are broken down into monthly, weekly, right down to the daily task lists, and the list is a call to action that I must accomplish this by the specified date, else my goals will be put off.

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                      Here’re more tips on setting deadlines: 22 Tips for Effective Deadlines

                      4. Eliminate Your Procrastination Pit-Stops

                      If you are procrastinating a little too much, maybe that’s because you make it easy to procrastinate.

                      Identify your browser bookmarks that take up a lot of your time and shift them into a separate folder that is less accessible. Disable the automatic notification option in your email client. Get rid of the distractions around you.

                      I know some people will out of the way and delete or deactivate their facebook accounts. I think it’s a little drastic and extreme as addressing procrastination is more about being conscious of our actions than counteracting via self-binding methods, but if you feel that’s what’s needed, go for it.

                      5. Hang out with People Who Inspire You to Take Action

                      I’m pretty sure if you spend just 10 minutes talking to Steve Jobs or Bill Gates, you’ll be more inspired to act than if you spent the 10 minutes doing nothing. The people we are with influence our behaviors. Of course spending time with Steve Jobs or Bill Gates every day is probably not a feasible method, but the principle applies — The Hidden Power of Every Single Person Around You

                      Identify the people, friends or colleagues who trigger you – most likely the go-getters and hard workers – and hang out with them more often. Soon you will inculcate their drive and spirit too.

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                      As a personal development blogger, I “hang out” with inspiring personal development experts by reading their blogs and corresponding with them regularly via email and social media. It’s communication via new media and it works all the same.

                      6. Get a Buddy

                      Having a companion makes the whole process much more fun. Ideally, your buddy should be someone who has his/her own set of goals. Both of you will hold each other accountable to your goals and plans. While it’s not necessary for both of you to have the same goals, it’ll be even better if that’s the case, so you can learn from each other.

                      I have a good friend whom I talk to regularly, and we always ask each other about our goals and progress in achieving those goals. Needless to say, it spurs us to keep taking action.

                      7. Tell Others About Your Goals

                      This serves the same function as #6, on a larger scale. Tell all your friends, colleagues, acquaintances and family about your projects. Now whenever you see them, they are bound to ask you about your status on those projects.

                      For example, sometimes I announce my projects on The Personal Excellence Blog, Twitter and Facebook, and my readers will ask me about them on an ongoing basis. It’s a great way to keep myself accountable to my plans.

                      8. Seek out Someone Who Has Already Achieved the Outcome

                      What is it you want to accomplish here, and who are the people who have accomplished this already? Go seek them out and connect with them. Seeing living proof that your goals are very well achievable if you take action is one of the best triggers for action.

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                      9. Re-Clarify Your Goals

                      If you have been procrastinating for an extended period of time, it might reflect a misalignment between what you want and what you are currently doing. Often times, we outgrow our goals as we discover more about ourselves, but we don’t change our goals to reflect that.

                      Get away from your work (a short vacation will be good, else just a weekend break or staycation will do too) and take some time to regroup yourself. What exactly do you want to achieve? What should you do to get there? What are the steps to take? Does your current work align with that? If not, what can you do about it?

                      10. Stop Over-Complicating Things

                      Are you waiting for a perfect time to do this? That maybe now is not the best time because of X, Y, Z reasons? Ditch that thought because there’s never a perfect time. If you keep waiting for one, you are never going to accomplish anything.

                      Perfectionism is one of the biggest reasons for procrastination. Read more about why perfectionist tendencies can be a bane than a boon: Why Being A Perfectionist May Not Be So Perfect.

                      11. Get a Grip and Just Do It

                      At the end, it boils down to taking action. You can do all the strategizing, planning and hypothesizing, but if you don’t take action, nothing’s going to happen. Occasionally, I get readers and clients who keep complaining about their situations but they still refuse to take action at the end of the day.

                      Reality check:

                      I have never heard anyone procrastinate their way to success before and I doubt it’s going to change in the near future. Whatever it is you are procrastinating on, if you want to get it done, you need to get a grip on yourself and do it.

                      Bonus: Think Like a Rhino

                      More Tips for Procrastinators to Start Taking Action

                      Featured photo credit: Malvestida Magazine via unsplash.com

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