To those who suffer from stress and anxiety in their lives, to those who are used to being worried about everything, to those who are affected and shaken by small events, here are 5 sure things to combat stress and anxiety!
Causes of Anxiety Surround You:
Maybe you are anxious about your studying, your exams, your results, or your future. Also, you might be anxious about the loss of people, money, or even your social status. You might even be afraid of failure in your career, in relationships, or in achieving happiness. But If you know the symptoms of this anxiety, you will do your best to overcome them.
Symptoms of Anxiety:
Everyone has anxiety from time to time, but chronic anxiety can interfere with your quality of life. Anxiety can also have serious consequences on your physical health. Physical symptoms include heart palpitations, chest pain, shortness of breath, headaches, dizziness, depression, and rapid heart rate.
Anxiety also affects your excretory and digestive systems. You may have stomachache, nausea, diarrhea, and other digestive issues. Loss of appetite can also occur.
Anxiety can also weaken your immune system, leaving you more vulnerable to viral infections and frequent illnesses. Also, your regular vaccines might not work as well if you suffer from anxiety. Are you ready for all these pains and illnesses! Let’s figure out some ways to combat it.
Solutions to Overcome Anxiety:
You should be mindful of your negative thoughts, and able to identify what you feel and the reasons behind your anxiety. You should also analyze the reasons and recognize whether they are true or baseless. And finally, change the way you think and make it positive. This is considered the first real step toward well-being. You should always believe that good things are on your way.
Always be grateful for what you have; this will enhance your quality of life. Stop thinking about what you don’t have or what you have lost. You have got many and many blessings and the only way to keep them is to be grateful for your creator. God said
…’If you are grateful, I will surely increase you [in favor]…” [Qur’an 14:7] (1)
Remembrance of God:
One of the sure ways of tranquility is the remembrance of God. This brings peace and calmness and you will always feel that you are overwhelmed with his mercy and kindness. As God said
…Unquestionably, by the remembrance of Allah hearts are assured.” [Qur’an 13:28] (2)
Guidance Prayer and Supplication:
Guidance prayer is one of the things that Prophet Muhammad highly recommended for those who are confused and seek guidance. And he has always emphasized that we should always ask God for everything, even small things, and always seek Him as He is the only shelter. Prophet Muhammad said
Let one of you ask his Lord for his every need, even until he asks Him for the strap of his sandal when it breaks.” [Hadith] (3)
- Positive People:
Surrounding yourself with positive people must affect you in a good way. Spend your time with people with good hearts, who do their best to calm you down and help you overcome your fears when they find you anxious. Search for supportive people who always assure you that you deserve to feel good. And be there for anyone who needs your support and give them a hand as God said
…And cooperate in righteousness and piety, but do not cooperate in sin and aggression…” [Qur’an 5:2] (4)
In conclusion, we come up with some effective ways to combat anxiety, to seek well-being, and to go from worrier to warrior who fights anxiety and wins this fierce battle. What is the most attractive solution for you? Well, start to apply it now for a better life illustrated by Islam!