In reality, everyone experiences anxiety at some point in their life. It becomes an issue for us when we cannot control it and can have the potential to be life changing. The good news is, we have so many ways to stop anxiety from becoming a panic attack or phobia.

An experience of anxiety is sometimes brought on by the unknown, but often time it’s triggered by the pressures of everyday life.

Here are a few of the traits that lead us to feel anxious:


-Excessive need for approval

-Tendency to ignore physical and psychological signs of stress

-Excessive need for control

Do any of those sound like you? If so, keep reading, there’s a few ways to change your way of thinking that may lower your anxiety triggers.

  1. Acceptance of what is and to not have to reach perfection is a challenge, but it is attainable! Learning to breath, refocus and look at the purpose of the final product and accept your own limitations are great steps to start with.
  2. An excessive need for approval from others becomes something we do have control of but first we must look at our own ego and develop acceptance of self.
  3. Is your heart racing? Non-stop headaches? Your body may be physically displaying anxiety and asking for help. Meditation, visualization, coaching, yoga, exercise and hypnotherapy can help manage stress and lower anxiety levels so that you’re experiencing physical symptoms. These are also ways to change focus and reevaluate the thoughts in your mind.
  4. We don’t control life, we experience it. An excessive need to control is something that allows anxiety dictate our experiences. Similar to a need for approval, it’s important to look within to see what drives that need to control and manage it.

I have worked with many people and I know change is not easy, especially when it comes to challenges surrounding anxiety. The payoff is great though because when you minimize anxiety, you immediately increase your joy!

Hold on to your purpose and what is attainable now. Prepare for the future in steps and remain flexible to changes, failures and mistakes.