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Like many survivors of narcissistic abuse, you may have noticed that the frequency and severity of your anxiety episode increase greatly when you’re under a lot of stress. While we can’t eliminate or control all stressful situations, there’s a lot to be said for reducing stress. That, in turn, reduces your overall anxiety, eliminating even more stress. You see where I’m going with this.

When it comes to anxiety and stress, you have two choices. You can allow the two to enforce each other and keep spiraling up to make it worse and worse. Or you can break the vicious cycle be actively working on calming down and distressing. This will start to lower both your level of stress and your level of anxiety.

The good news is that what you do to lower your stress will likely also start to lower your anxiety at the same time. Much of what I’ve shared and will continue to share throughout the rest of the challenge to relieve anxiety, will also do wonders when it comes to reducing your stress. Start with the simple breathing exercises I’ve shared. Going for daily walks will also help with stress.

Of course, tackling what’s causing you the stress in the first place is another good strategy. When you notice that you’re feeling more stressed than usual, take a moment to sit down and think about what’s causing it. It’s not always comfortable to dig deep and figure out what’s stressing us out, but once we know, we can start to take a proactive approach towards changing things.

If your bills piling up is stressing you out, sit down and come up with a plan to pay them down. Start cutting your expenses so there’s more left of your paycheck. You may even want to seek professional help to figure it all out and make a plan.

Learn about financial abuse in toxic relationships.

If something at work is stressing you out, talk to your boss, supervisor, or human resources to see what can be done about reducing or removing that stress. If all else fails, consider finding a different job. No matter what’s causing you stress, there’s almost always a way to reduce it. Sometimes it’s simply facing your fear and figuring out exactly what’s going on.

Removing the element of the unknown alone will help cut down on how stressed you feel.

By cutting back on how stressed you are, using the coping techniques I’m sharing to de-stress, and making small changes like eating healthier and making sure you get enough sleep, you can start to break that vicious cycle of stress and anxiety. You’ll feel better and are ready to tackle life, no matter what it throws at you.

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