Moving beyond the year of anxiety

Ainisha Persaud discusses moving into 2018 full of hope. (ABC7)

2017 was often referred to as the year of anxiety, and many people may feel the wind knocked from their sails as we head into 2018. Licensed family therapist Ainisha Persaud offered steps to move forward with hope for the better in the new year, including:

  • Recognize the power of the mind. Be intentional about the tenor and direction of your own thoughts.
  • Stay in the moment. Work on your Plan “Be”. Find ways to stay grounded, relaxed, and centered in the moment you are in. Don’t consume yourself with what ifs. Hypotheticals don’t prepare you they scare you
  • Practice gratitude. For all of the difficulties you may have faced in 2017, take time to appreciate even the small things that you have to be grateful for.
  • Set SMART goals not New Year’s Resolutions. Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, and Timed.
  • Limit social media and negative news coverage. Recognize that news feeds tend to be skewed, which can lead to a false sense of reality.
  • Get involved. One of the hallmarks of trauma and anxiety is a sense of powerlessness. Finding ways to be active and engaged in the areas that concern you (through giving, volunteering, campaigning, going back to school or finding opportunities to teach) can be vitally empowering

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