What is Anxiety?

To overcome something, we first need to understand clearly what it is that we’re trying to overcome. We’ve all studied for important tests or prepared for interviews and felt nervous about the outcome—that’s perfectly natural. Anxiety takes this common nervousness a step further.

When you become anxious over too many things, when thoughts start occupying every waking moment of your life, that’s when it becomes “anxiety.” That’s when you know there’s a problem that needs to be addressed soon. Anxiety, when left untreated for long periods, can turn into a chronic issue, which is referred to as an Anxiety Disorder. Of course, for many of us, anxiety is not yet a disorder—but it is a problem that requires attention.

The word “anxious” literally means “experiencing worry, uneasiness, or nervousness, typically about an imminent event or something with an uncertain outcome.” It is almost always a mental phenomenon.

Since anxiety is a mental issue, we have control over whether or not to allow it to occupy any space in our minds, and we also have the power to fully move beyond it. Believing that we are in control is important. The remedies involve common sense, time, and commitment. Read on further to discover several ways to move beyond anxiety.

How to go beyond Anxiety

As with most problems, there are short-term “fixes” and long-term “cures.” Short-term fixes can provide immediate relief, but investing in a long-term cure is the best way to overcome anxiety for good.

To quickly relieve anxiety, try one or two, or even all, of these tips:

1) If you’re anxious about an upcoming event, like a test or interview, ensure you’ve done your homework. Review everything pertinent to the test or interview and familiarize yourself as much as possible with the subject at hand. Being prepared is one of the best ways to avoid anxiety.

2) When you notice anxious thoughts beginning, stop and take 10 slow, deep breaths, focusing entirely on your breathing. Sit in a comfortable position, close your eyes, and take 10 deep breaths. If you need more relief, try this muscle relaxation exercise: Start with your toes, scrunch them tight for a few seconds, then release. Move up to your feet, tighten those muscles, then relax. Continue up your body—calves, thighs, buttocks, abdomen, chest, hands—until you reach your scalp. Yes, scrunching your scalp feels good! This combination of breathing and muscle relaxation should help you feel better.

3) If an anxious thought persists, force it out! Think of a color—let’s say blue. Imagine the color blue in your mind and repeat the word “blue, blue, blue” until your mind is filled with blue and the intrusive thought is gone. This may sound silly, but it’s effective.

4) Holding your breath for a few seconds can also interrupt anxious thoughts. You’ll notice you don’t have thoughts when holding your breath—perhaps our bodies prioritize the need to breathe over anxiety. But don’t hold it until you pass out!

5) Try to identify what specifically about the situation is making you anxious. If you’re struggling to make a decision, take a pen and paper and list the positives and negatives. This can help move the thought process out of your mind and clarify your decision-making.

6) Don’t worry about things you have no control over. If thoughts of terrorism, world peace, and global warming are making you anxious, sit down and give yourself a reality check. What control do you have over these issues? If reading about all these “out-of-your-control” topics on social media or the news is fueling your anxiety, then stop engaging with them. Don’t feel guilty about avoiding these topics either—you are in control of your sanity, and if stepping away from a barrage of negative news works for you, then by all means, do it!

7) Don’t take on every project that comes your way. It’s okay to “dump” things that are making you anxious. Saying “NO!” is perfectly okay. Organize your life in a way that makes you feel comfortable.

8) Your emotional state affects your thought processes, which in turn can cause anxiety. Avoid clutter; clean up your space—it really helps! Having fresh flowers in the room can also brighten your mood.

9) Practice Intense Nirvana Meditation. Several meditations available on the “Meditation” page can help you forget the “ugly thought monster” for a while. They are 45 minutes long and can certainly aid in relaxation.

10) Go for a walk and get some fresh air. Practice what’s called “walking mindfulness.” This involves simply walking and paying attention to the act of walking. Don’t walk as usual, allowing your mind to wander. If your mind is tuned to the “horror channel,” and unless you consciously decide what to think about, it will conjure horror scenes for you. Stay in the moment and notice what is happening around you. Being present will help you regain control.

Anxiety-Relief Books By Nirvana

The Silent Path

Even some of the most generally accepted realities of life, such as society, religion, family, politics, success and failure, are all, at the end of the day, just ideas. If there is anything real to life, it emanates from within us. Growing up is simply a process of discovering how much of what we call life is shaped by our own unique individuality.

In “The Silent Path”, enlightened teacher Nirvana (Avi) gives us a hard-hitting message of finding our own individual path to freedom. He strips life down to its bare essentials, providing a systematic and scientific approach to self-transformation. Even at the risk of stepping on the toes of certain deeply held institutional beliefs, he answers the questions of seekers with unmatched honesty and openness.

In Search of I

Are you curious about the practice of meditation, but unsure about where to begin? Look no further than “In Search of I – The Alchemy of Meditation”, a guidebook that demystifies meditation and shows you how to make it an integral part of your life.

In this book, enlightened teacher Nirvana (Avi) takes you on a magical journey through the labyrinth of meditation, answering some of the most important questions you may have about this ancient practice. Avi uses simple, easy-to-understand language to explain the benefits of meditation, as well as what it can and cannot do for you.

Where The Hell Are You Going?

The present is not just a moment. It is a reality of its own that does not belong to time. It is next to impossible for the human mind to understand the present, for it dwells only in the past or the future. Perhaps this is why, as human beings – creatures bound to the mind – we struggle to comprehend the sheer magnanimity of mindfulness, the subtle art of being here and now.

In this fascinating deep dive into the world of the “Now,” enlightened teacher Nirvana (Avi) takes us on a magical journey through the labyrinth of the mind – its fears and afflictions, desires and disappointments – to a place pulsing with pure peace, bliss, and aliveness: the eternal now.

The reason we often miss the magic of the present moment is that it seems like too simple a solution for life’s complex problems. Yet, many times, it is the simplest things that are the hardest to understand. Navigating the mysterious realm of the now takes knowledge and skill. Who better to guide us on this magnificent journey than a realized teacher whose dwelling is the present moment?

*Disclaimer: This page offers suggestions for handling anxiety. We do not guarantee specific results and the results can vary.

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