Sun Tzu’s book titled ‘The Art of War’ contains an insight into the basic human feeling of fear. China’s past general wrote that one who knows both their enemy and themselves has no reason to bother about the outcome of many battles. It is possible to apply the same principle to how you deal with anxiety.
When you experience anxiety, you are unlikely to know what exactly is happening to you. Oddly enough, recognizing that feeling is the most important thing to manage anxiety. Do not let it accumulate and take control of you over time. Instead, just pay attention to the many different symptoms of anxiety, such as sweating unusually, the buzzing of the heart, and the spinning of the head. Do not go by all of these terms verbatim. This is to say, your head does not ‘spin’ in the actual sense. Rather, it is just a sensation related to anxiety.
Knowing it and other sensations is the first thing you must do to control anxiety. Doing this will mean removing the emotion from anxiety. Recognizing anxiety will put you in control; rather than encountering a shapeless, scary and overwhelming threat, you will then be managing a known phenomenon.
After recognizing it, you will be able to look into precisely where your anxiety came from. There are many different possible sources of anxiety. It is a mental response to an expected threat. Some might respond to a practical concern, whereas a future-oriented concern regarding the uncertainty or anxiety itself is likely to overwhelm other people.
Getting a perspective about what the issue is will simplify exploring new and productive means of relating to anxiety. For this, try to pinpoint its root cause, and note down the concerns of yours while being maximum close and granular to that cause. This will simplify problem solving, eliminating hurdles, and help you begin accepting of unpredictable or unchangeable situations.
Another wisdom that you can glean from those experienced in dealing with anxiety is related to normalizing it. If we make anxiety normal, a certain level of comfort would come with being aware that others also feel thus. After all, it is perfectly normal to have feelings like anxiety that are authentic and complicated. Even if you are not experiencing the issue, just tell an anxious person that it is just normal to feel so. This is one way to normalize the health issue.