Anxiety is a part of every day life and can never be completely avoided, regardless of the circumstances. What we will be looking at, however, are ways in which extreme anxiety – the sort of anxiety associated with stress and panic attacks – can be avoided. That sort of extreme anxiety capable of causing stress and eventually triggering panic attacks is the only sort of anxiety worth avoiding, as it is unhealthy. But the ordinary anxiety, the sort of anxiety that is incapable of either causing major stress or inducing panic attacks is not quite avoidable.
In order to understand how to avoid anxiety (and, by extension, stress and panic attacks) in daily life, one has to understand what exactly is anxiety. And that is where, in a nutshell, anxiety can be described as a state of unease brought about by some anticipated eventuality. The eventuality in question here may be something as big as a court judgment or something as ‘small’ as an impending meeting or even an impending outing for people who suffer from social anxiety disorder.
Now some of the ways in which anxiety – and its byproducts such as stress and panic attacks — can be avoided in life include:
1. Developing a habit of planning: planning is simply defined as deciding in advance what to do in a given set of future circumstances. People who don’t take their time to plan (that is, people who don’t make decisions on what to do in various eventualities) often end up suffering from anxiety, stress and other things of that nature.
2. Overcoming the habit of procrastinating: people who keep on procrastinating things end up suffering from anxiety (as well as stress and even panic attacks – depending on the stakes) when the deadlines beckon. Ideally, you should deal with things at the earliest opportunity and that way, you’ll save yourself from anxiety, stress and panic attacks later.
3. Maintaining perspective at all times: most of the people who struggle with anxiety turn out to be folks who have difficulties maintaining perspective. These are folks who have the habit of blowing things out of proportion, hence causing themselves stress and, in a few extreme cases, panic attacks as well. But in most cases, the things people become anxious about are not worth the worry. For one, experience has shown us that even the worst case scenarios don’t often turn out be as bad as we feared they may be.
Secondly, a good number of anxieties, stress episodes and potential panic attacks we entertain are social in nature – as we imagine that others would judge us harshly for various things. This has been known to cause extreme stress, sometimes leading to major panic attacks – yet the others’ we worry about don’t even know about our existence! At best, we are just part of the ‘environment’ for the others we worry so much about. Once you start having these sorts of perspective, anxiety, stress and panic attacks are left with no place to linger in your mind.