Anxiety is something that comes up quite a bit in my line of work. Not for me personally. Well, obviously I experience some anxiety from time to time, because I am a human being. But it’s not debilitating or an issue for me.
It comes up in my groups and 1-1 coaching.
If anxiety is an issue, where alcohol and drugs are concerned; the first thing to do is to deal with the substance. Most drugs are going to make this worse and alcohol is no different. A side effect of drinking alcohol is anxiety. We can also experience anxiety after drinking and if we withdraw from alcohol.
For the majority of people when they take a break from alcohol the anxiety will significantly reduce. For some it will still be there. But there are things you can to do to help. Don’t give up, try things and get yourself a tool box of stuff that works. Things that either give you a break from the anxiety or help you manage it. Anxiety takes up a lot of energy and can be really tiring.
First though, it’s important to check that there isn’t an underlying cause to the anxiety. That there isn’t something going on that is causing it. It could be work stress, money worries, a relationship, something to do with children; it could be anything. If you think there could be a cause, then please seek out a good coach/therapist that has experience of working with anxiety. Doing this with some of the tips below will significantly improve the quality of your life.
I asked all the amazing ladies in my groups what has worked for them in terms of managing their anxiety.
This is what they said –
There were some suggestions that popped up quite a few times and also from working with people with different levels of anxiety; some even debilitating. These are the ones that people recommend quite a bit - Yoga, any type of exercise, learning how to be in the now: using techniques that anchor this such as breathing, focusing on things you can see and hear, adult colouring, diet, the mindfulness app and dealing with the underlying cause if there is one.
Anxiety is fear of the future, it is negative goal setting. So, if you are thinking of the future in this way and it feels anxious; being in today, in the moment is really going to help. After all, all we have is today, breathe it in.
Look after yourself.