It’s time to change those negative thoughts that keep bombarding your mind with fear and anxiety. We all face times of stress in our lives and while normal at times, not dealing with stress can lead to feelings of insecurity, panic attacks, insomnia, poor digestion, heart palpations, and marinade other mental and physical symptoms. Finding ways to deal with our own personal issues often presents a challenge. The following suggestions may help you to manage your stress instead of letting stress control your life. We all long to lead a happy and fulfilling life and the sooner we face the fear, stress and anxiety life deals us, the better and stronger we will feel.

1. Recognize what you are feeling and what or who is causing the stress you are experiencing. Decide if the problem is valid and worthy of the anxiety it is causing you. Ask yourself if there is anything you can do about the problem.
2. Ask yourself if there is something you can learn from the stress. Perhaps there is a decision you need to make regarding an issue in your life that you are avoiding out of fear of making the wrong decision. Sometimes just making that difficult decision will eliminate the stress.
3. Sometimes stress causes us to grow and step out of our comfort zone. Maybe
there is something special just waiting for you to grasp, and out of fear you are holding back. Ask yourself if missing out on what might be a great future by fearing the unknown is better than living in the safety of the familiar.
4. Talking things over with a trusted friend or close family member can often help you see the situation more clearly. When we are living our fear alone in our mind, it sometimes appears larger than it really is and someone we trust can help us get our fear in proper perspective.
5. Call someone you love and tell them how important they are in your life! They will be so happy and appreciative that you will totally forget for the moment any stress you were feeling in your own life!
6. Write down everything you can think of to be thankful for even the small things. This exercise may not solve your problem, but it may help to diminish the size of what you fear
7. I often go for a long walk when I feel overwhelmed by a decision I have to make. Rather than concentrate on my fear, I look around and meditate on all the beauty surrounding me. When I release all anxiety to the Universe, I always feel stronger to face my fear!

Author's Bio: 

Barbara Miller, author, certified life coach and motivational speaker, is the founder of Barbara and Company International, Inc. Barbara is the author of, You Lost Your Marriage Not Your Life, How to Create the Life You Want Your Way, a self-help book for women. She also authored, You Lost Your Marriage Not Your Life, Positive Thoughts Journal, to accompany her book. The author has met dozens of divorced women who torture themselves with a life of regrets. Barbara shares her own personal journey through divorce, financial loss and despair, then provides examples to encourage the reader to let go of all inner conflict and replace it with peace and joy. Through “You Lost Your Marriage Not Your Life,” Barbara teaches how to release all self-defeating inner dialog that compromises your life and keeps you paralyzed with fear. The author’s gentle and encouraging, yet straight forward approach, teaches that when healing comes to our thoughts, it comes to our life.