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Today, we're diving deep into an issue that affects many of us—anxiety. I am testing a new format, where I created comprehensive article on the topic. In the newsletter are introductory information and if you want to know more, you can read the full article.

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Dealing with Anxiety: Finding Calm in the Storm

Issue Number: #051
Date: 04 January 2024
Reading Time: 4 minutes

Anxiety is like an uninvited guest that often overstays its welcome.

It can make your heart race, your palms sweat, and your thoughts spiral into a whirlwind of worry. But here's the thing: anxiety is not the problem itself. It's our relationship with anxiety that often causes the most distress.

In my latest article, "Understanding and Managing Anxiety: Tips for a Calmer Mind," I delve deep into the complexities of anxiety and provide 11 steps to help you find your calm amidst the chaos. Below we'll focus on the first three steps that can make a significant difference in your battle against anxiety.

Tip #1: Anxiety Is Like a Rain

Imagine for a moment that anxiety is like a sudden rainstorm.
When it rains, do you say, “I am the rain”? No, you acknowledge, “It's raining and I am getting wet.” Much like the rain on a stormy day, anxiety can soak us to the bone, but it doesn’t define who we are.
When anxiety envelops you, remind yourself, "I feel anxiety," not "I am anxious." This subtle shift separates you from anxiety, giving you the power to manage it effectively.

Tip #2: Don’t Deny What You Feel

Attempting to deny or suppress anxiety is like pretending the sun is shining when rain is pouring down.

Denial won't magically make you dry, and blaming yourself for feeling anxious won't make it vanish. Instead, acknowledge it. In essence, acknowledgment is the equivalent of admitting, "It's raining, and I am getting wet." There's no need to pretend the weather is different or blame yourself for getting wet. Rain happens. Likewise, anxiety happens, and it's not your fault.

When it happens, the best thing you can do is to pause and take a deep breath. Or even better, take two.

Tip #3: Take a Deep Breath - Psychological Sigh

Picture this: you find yourself caught in a torrential rainstorm. Fortunately, you have an umbrella. You open it, and immediately, you are shielded from the rain. A sigh of relief washes over you as you continue your journey, dry and protected.

In the realm of anxiety, the Physiological Sigh serves as your mental umbrella.

It's a double inhale-exhale breathing exercise scientifically proven to calm your nervous system and provide instant relief. When anxiety pours down on your mind, literally just take a moment to breathe.

To add a layer of psychological impact, envision yourself opening an umbrella or wearing a protective poncho while repeating the sigh pattern 4-5 times. This visualization reinforces the idea of separating yourself from anxiety, just as an umbrella separates you from the rain.

These are three basic tools you can use to deal with the sudden outpour of anxiety. But there is more, much more.

Take the Plunge: Explore All 11 Strategies

These three tips are just a glimpse of what you'll find in the article. There are other strategies to use during anxiety attack and strategies to prevent them from happening.

For example, you'll learn how to have fun dancing in the anxiety rain, navigate life's challenges by building resilience, and more. The article offers comprehensive toolkit. It's a roadmap to a calmer mind, a guide to finding peace amidst the chaos.

I can say that —thanks to this toolkit— I have been able to avoid anxiety attacks for more than a year. I have other problems, but anxiety is no longer one of them. So if you have problem with anxiety, check the article, "Understanding and Managing Anxiety: Tips for a Calmer Mind,"

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PS: It's past 9 pm. I apologise for sending the newsletter so late. Due to writing the full article as well as this newsletter, it took longer. This is a test of new format. Going forward I will write article beforehand and schedule it to come online together with the newsletter.

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