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5 Unusual (But Effective) Techniques to Overcome Anxiety

5 Unusual (But Effective) Techniques to Overcome Anxiety

Being nervous or anxious is something that happens to everyone from time to time. Whether it’s fear of public speaking or stress from a personal struggle, anxiety is a fairly common occurrence. Unfortunately, occasional anxiety can develop into something more serious as the time goes on, and this is how it becomes a disorder. It can become so bad that it takes over your life and becomes a daily struggle.

Luckily, there are many ways to fight anxiety. In very serious cases, you should consider consulting a qualified therapist. Alternatively, you could try out some of the solutions below. These are the things you could do at home in your free time or at any time you want.

1. Sing your favorite song

Music has a calming and relaxing effect on human beings. More importantly, music can heal us. We listen to it when we are sad, happy, or while working or cleaning. Everywhere we go we tend to be surrounded by music. That being said, we as individuals have our own favorite types of music or a specific song that we enjoy. And each time we hear this song, we tend to feel much better.

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So, next time you feel anxious or nervous about something, putting on your favorite tune might be a good idea. Try singing along and getting into the groove. Singing loudly is a great way of letting all those pent up emotions out. Choir singing in particular has been shown to significantly improve your mood.

Give singing a shot. It will improve your mental state and make you happier, and you’ll eventually be able to use it to overcome anxiety whenever you feel it coming on.

2. Start drawing or coloring

Art therapy is another way of dealing with anxiety. Drawing has an incredibly relaxing effect on us. It keeps you calm and focused. Also, you get lost while drawing or painting, so you forget about your worries for a moment. Therefore, if you are feeling uneasy, pick up a pen or a brush and start creating.

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For example, you could buy some watercolors and watercolor canvas, or you could simply buy an adult coloring book (these are trendy at the moment) and start filling it in. In addition to being a wonderful therapy tool, they are great for killing time and unleashing your inner child.

3. Get a punching bag and a set of gloves

Another interesting way you could fight off anxiety is to literally fight it off. Any form of physical exercise is good for you, but actually punching something seems to work wonders for both fitness and stress relief. This will give you the opportunity to get rid of all the negativity and bad emotions, and the heavy bag can take a whole lot of punishment without complaining. Just remember to get the techniques down first, stretch beforehand, and properly protect your hands.

4. Focus on household chores

Our emotional state depends on the people around us as well as our physical surroundings. If your house or apartment is organized, you will feel the same way. If you live in a messy environment, however, then your emotions will be all over the place, too. This is why cleaning your house – that is, focusing on household chores – is a nice way to fight anxiety.

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Just think about it: don’t you feel better when your house is clean, when there are no clothes on the floor, dirty dishes in the sink, or dust all over the place? Clutter just makes you feel more stressed and under pressure, as if there is a heavy load hanging above your head, waiting to explode. Tidying up is good for you, so get down to business as soon as possible.

5. Hear out the voice of doubt, then prove it wrong

Being confident is key when facing anxiety. If you do not believe in yourself, getting better only becomes more difficult. More importantly, letting others get you down is out of the question and should not be tolerated. Fortunately, there are methods you can use to silence your critical inner voice and overcome anxiety.

For example, you could practice being in uncomfortable and intimidating situations. This will give you an insight into the proper reactions and solutions. Being confronted by a friend or critiqued by a boss are just some of the many examples. Moreover, you can take up a new course where you will be surrounded by new people. This is a good way to push your limits and build confidence. And lastly, you can find a support group and share your thoughts with them. Let them help you and give advice on how to overcome anxiety.

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Before attempting any of these options, you should consult a professional. When you get the green light, feel free to do anything in your power to fight this issue. Finally, remember to be hopeful and positive through it all – it’s the only way to prevail.

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Last Updated on March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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