I’d be willing to bet you’re feeling anxious today.
Maybe you’re behind on a project. Perhaps you have to meet new people at an event tonight. Or you’ve spent weeks wondering whether you’ll ever get your new career off the ground.
So you look for solutions to eliminate your anxiety.
Work harder. You put in extended hours to get ahead on your work. Once you’re ahead on all those projects, you’ll feel better.
Numb yourself. On the way home from work you grab yourself a six-pack to help you forget about the relationship that’s not going well.
Tell yourself it’s temporary. Once you get the job you’ve been dreaming of, 20K followers, the perfect partner. Then you’ll finally be free of anxiety.
But the truth is that deep down inside – maybe in the minutes before you fall asleep at night you know, deep down, that you will never escape your anxiety.
You entered this world alone. You’ll exit this world alone.
We were born into a world constructed from layer upon layer of unnatural stressors:
- 40 hour work weeks.
- Information delivered to us instantly.
- Our social conditioning screaming at us to earn more money than our peers, buy a beautiful home, and gain admiration.
False alarms continuously trigger our survival instincts leaving us an anxious mess.
You Can’t Eliminate Your Anxiety (But Here’s What You Can Do).
Instead of being anxious about being anxious accept anxiety as part of life.
Here are some things I do to make my reduce my anxiety (your list might be very different):
- Take long walks at night.
- Meditate using the Headspace App.
- Play with my daughters.
- Make a home cooked meal (no television).
- Enjoy an honest conversation with a friend.
Anxiety is part of being human. We can’t eliminate our anxiety. But we can learn to manage it, live with it, and become friends with it.
Have a few seconds? Leave a comment below and let me know what you think. Do you agree or disagree?
Note: This article is my feelings about anxiety. It shouldn’t be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. This article is my opinions and for general information purposes.