Stop Pushing Your Anxiety Out the Door and Start Listening to What It’s Telling You

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Stress, anxiety, and even depression are all emotions that we spend most of our time trying to avoid or cure. Although it is healthy to let go of these things to a certain extent, it is also important to learn to listen to what these things are trying to tell us as well. Life is all about balance. These emotions are inherent in us for a reason and it is important for us to listen to what they have to say. That said it is equally important not to allow these emotions to overtake us and be more to us than their message. What is your anxiety telling you?  

How is anxiety ruling your life.?

The question that many of us struggle with is how do you know when it’s time to let go of the anxiety and how do you know when it’s time to listen to it? That is a mystery and a path that we all must discover for ourselves. As a general rule, if the anxiety continues without outcome it has become an unhealthy part of your life. The best way to rid yourself of the anxiety is to consider its meaning in full. Ignoring things does not make them go away regardless of what others say.

If you are spending your time trying to ignore the feelings of anxiety and depression rather than dealing with them head-on, this could be the cause of your problem. Although having a chemical imbalance is very real to some people who are suffering from depression, for others depression is actually a message from the inner self-asking to be heard. So you must become in touch with this voice within to find out what exactly it is trying to say to you. Is it time to move on to a different point in your life? Are you unhappy with your current situation? Perhaps it’s time to seek out a new career or move to a new home.

 

We go through life thinking that our situations are what they are and we should be happy to stay where we are. Although this is true to a certain extent, it also is detrimental to the inner self to lie and say that you are happy with the situation when you are really not. When you ignore the inner self, when you ignore your desires, the spirit becomes depressed. Perhaps you work too hard and you desire relaxation. When you refuse to listen to the voice depression and anxiety sets in. When you continue to ignore the voice, the anxiety proceeds.

 

So here’s the question, are you listening to your inner self? Are you listening to what you’re anxiety is trying to say to you? Are you trying to avoid the negative emotions or mask them over with medication? Simply listening to yourself is the best antidepressant or anti-anxiety out there.

 

Here’s what to do.

 

Be honest with yourself. Ask yourself what the real cause of your anxiety and or depression are. Do not avoid the topic. If your problem is excessive worry and anxiousness, ask yourself what are you so worried about? Are you worried about losing your job? Are you worried about losing your loved ones? Whatever it is that you worry the most about will be a key indicator of the message.

 

For example, if you are continuously worried about losing your job, is it possible that you are not putting your effort into the position? If you are not putting the effort into your position then why? Perhaps you are unhappy with your job and afraid to do something about it because of the financial ramifications. So you are not putting in the effort you should be putting in. The message your inner self is telling you is that you were unhappy with your career choice. As much as we don’t want to listen to that message it’s there nonetheless and we will suffer from the worry until it becomes acknowledged.

 

When you are able to receive the message your anxiety is trying to transmit, then it is time to figure out what can be done to better your situation. There’s always a solution, although it might be a difficult path to take. Sometimes we must suffer hardship to get to where we want to go.

 

Let’s go back to the example of being unhappy in your position. In what way can you better your situation when you are working in a job that is making you unhappy, but you and your family heavily rely upon? One scenario would say to decide what you want from your life career-wise. If you do not know, think about what you love.  Do you love cooking? Painting? What direction do you want to be headed in? Because believe it or not you can have two careers at once.

 

You could have a job that you go to to make money and you can have a career that makes you happy and fulfills you. The question is, what direction do you want to be headed in? Because believe it or not you can have two careers at once. You could have a job that you go to to make money and you can have another path that you are working towards. Perhaps your anxiety is telling you that you need something more. 

 

Looking at unhappiness in the career is only one example. The same can be said for your home life, your relationships, or anything else that may be causing you extreme anxiety or depression. The point is that instead of trying to avoid these emotions, it is very important to listen to them.

 

This is not to say that you should be overtaken by them.  If you discover you are unhappy with your work and feel anxiety and worry over this, it doesn’t mean you should go out and quit your job. It just means you should be aware of how you feel and Should do the things to change the situation. Just listening to your inner voice is enough to ease the pain. It’s a start. The rest is up to you.

We wish you much luck in your journey ahead and hope you take the time to comment below and let us know what you think of this article.

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