Your thoughts are churning, your stomach is one big knot of nervousness and the what-if scenarios high-five each other in your brain. Anxiety is not a pleasant state of mind and it can be tricky to ‘snap out of’. Many factors can bring it on: A life event like pregnancy or birth, a change in circumstances or a prolonged illness are all potential triggers. Sometimes, the cause is less obvious and it takes some digging into your psyche to find the root of the problem. When anxiety is threatening to take over your mind or when you’re feeling overwhelmed by daily life, then it’s time to see a doctor and get professional help. If your situation is less severe, here are some simple tips that can help you better cope with anxiety and guide your mind towards a more balanced state.
“I have this great idea for a startup but then again…maybe it won’t work.”
“I‘m no good at public speaking so I’m just going to avoid it.”
“That job sounds amazing but I’d never get it.”
“I can’t be a good mother and have a career that I love.”
Above are all examples of limiting beliefs at play. A limiting belief is a state of mind or belief about yourself that restricts you in some way. It‘s a story that you have created about yourself or about the world around you and because you keep repeating it, it’s now ingrained in you subconscious. We think these stories are keeping us safe but really, they‘re just restricting our greatness and potential.
Everyone has limiting beliefs to some extent but how they show up and how we deal with them can differ significantly. And yes – it can be the difference between achieving success and never daring to try at all.