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She commented on a Facebook post where I asked: "If you could go all in and change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
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So anxiety is a funny thing. Your mind has you thinking about all the bad stuff that might happen long before you start something. You're worried, nervous or uneasy about an event and how bad its going to go. And how much damage you'll need to fix.
In extreme cases, people can become paralyzed and end up not making a decision at all.
One thing you can do to help cope with this is to state your feelings about what's happening and ask yourself 1) what is the worst thing that could happen and 2) how do I cope if that happens. After you state and ask (and answer) all these things your situation and what to do will become more clear.
Your mind is like the Holodeck in Star Trek the Next Generation. Anything can happen in there. But once its out and on paper, only what is reality stays. You're able to throw out all the least probable scenarios and come to the truth of the matter. And more often than not, it's not as bad as you originally thought.
Mindfulness is another great way to help cope with anxiety. It's meditating without the religious or spiritual component. As little as 10 minutes a day can clear your mind. The best thing is that there are a number of apps and podcasts that help lead you in a session.
Whatever method you choose, remember that anxiety is your mind trying to talk you out of your decision. improving your self confidence is the key to beating anxiety.
Ultimately, you want to find the root of the anxiety. What is the underlying cause? It might not even be related to what's happening when your anxiety hits. Most of the time people want to treat the symptom of the problem and not the cause. But if you're listening to this podcast, treating the cause is what you're all about.
So that's the show for this week. Thanks for listening. If you have any comments or questions on the things I spoke about today, please leave them in the comments below. You can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you want more information about the show or its sponsor.