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Wow! Can you believe how fast these 30 days have flown? We’ve reached the end of the 30-Day Anxiety Challenge. I sincerely hope you’re feeling more in control of your anxious mind and that you’ve gained a toolkit of real strategies you can use to feel better despite occasional bouts of anxiety.

We’ve covered a ton of information in this short 30 days. You may need to go back through it to remember some of the advice and action steps. That’s okay. It’s a smart idea to review the information from time to time so that you can keep your favorite strategies at your fingertips for use when you need them most.

No matter how much anxiety you’re facing, there are things you can do all by yourself to lessen it. Seeing a mental health professional is also recommended if you need expert guidance and support to handle your discomfort level. But knowing that you have the power to lessen your discomfort related to stress, anxiety, or overwhelm is pretty darn empowering.

You’ve learned what anxiety is, how it affects your brain, and how to recognize it. That’s all an excellent foundation for understanding this toxic condition that can take hold of our lives. You also now understand the impact anxiousness can have on your job, relationships, and overall happiness. It’s a serious business.

You don’t have to feel overwhelmed, though, because you now know several coping mechanisms for diminishing those awful feelings that come along with anxiety. You can recognize it creeping upon you and learn how to frame it realistically. Strategies like deep breathing, exercising, visualization, and eating well can be used to maintain a more positive frame of mind with higher energy levels and stop anxiety in its tracks when it catches you off guard.

Using calming techniques, taking control of your finances and environment, practicing gratitude, and beating procrastination are also active methods to reduce anxiety. Finally, please remember that you don’t have to face anxiety and stress on your own. Rely on your support network to help you through the tough times. Get out there and be social, even when you feel overwhelmed by the world. As social creatures, we need to be around others. Let them help you, make you smile, and heal you. Giving of yourself to others is also a way to lessen your fears and put things into perspective.

Which of these 30 days of exercises has resonated with you the most? Which seems like they will fit into your lifestyle and mesh with your personality? These are the ones you should add to your anxiety toolkit first. When a strategy makes sense to you, it will be easier to implement. Once you begin to gain confidence and feel that you can impact the way you’re feeling, add some other techniques to the mix. Keep what works. Toss what doesn’t, after giving it a fair shot and practicing the method for a bit. I genuinely hope you feel more control over your anxiety and are ready to face the world with more confidence, peace, and enthusiasm.

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