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A brief step-by-step explanation of how I deal with stress and anxiety:
Disclaimer: I'm not a qualified professional of any kind when it comes to human psychology.
When you feel discomfort, the first thing you should do is ask yourself why you are feeling that discomfort. Where does it come from? Is it guilt, something you did in the near or distant past? Is it fear of what could happen in the future? Is it the discomfort of having to do something but not being able to do it now? What is it?
To understand that, you don't have to write down what you have been doing or avoiding until now. You don't have to meditate or even talk to yourself in the mirror for 10 minutes. You just have to calm down, take a deep breath, and focus on what is going on in your mind. It doesn't even take 10 seconds.
This step is about analyzing the thing that is stressing you out. As mentioned above, there are three main ways of looking at stressful thoughts:
After you look at the situation from the perspective of time, you should start looking for other approaches. Other approaches include:
If it is something you did in the past, chances are that you can't change it, and it is not a problem that requires a solution. You should just let go. Forgive yourself and promise to never do it again.
If you wronged somebody else, a smart approach would be to apologize. Tell them that you are sorry and that it will never happen again.
Stop worrying about what happened in the past. There's an Ethiopian saying that goes, "You don't build a house for a winter that is over." It's gone; move on.
This is what most of us have struggled with and are still struggling with now. Procrastination is the act of putting off tasks that you should do and cannot avoid in the long run.
You should look at it from various angles. Ask yourself questions like, "Why?", "What do I need to start doing the work?", "Who's at fault for not starting the work?" If you can answer these questions, you will get to work in no time.
Answering the above questions will help you understand the problem better. If the reason for your procrastination is mere laziness, get up and start by doing the worst part first.
If there are things you need to have in place to start the work, start getting those things in place. Sometimes it's only a pen.
If there are other people that you need to start the work, call them or send them a text. Tell them that you should get started if you want the work to be done on time.
Don't worry, just do it.
Some people are obsessed with the future. They are constantly anxious about what will happen. This arises from self-doubt and procrastination. Solving one solves the other after all.
When you are in a state of fear and anxiety stressing over the future, you should take a deep breath and try to analyze the exact thing that you are afraid of. What decisions can you make to control the outcome? Who controls the outcome? Is there anything you can do about it? If yes, well, just do it. If not, just wait and see what will happen.
Of course, it is easier said than done. You can't just sit there and stop worrying. You shouldn't worry about things that you can not change, but you can't just switch it off either. There are ways to make it easier. Some of them are:
Identify the cause of your anxiety. Can you solve it? If yes, solve it and don't think about it. If no, stop thinking about it and wait for things to happen. To make it easier, use one of the seven ways to help yourself feel comfortable. Pray to God.
There is nothing that you know that God doesn't. But there are a lot of things that God knows that you don't. Trust his plan.
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