Combat Anxiety: Let Go of Your Troubles and Worries

How to Combat Anxiety

Let me show you some ways on how to combat anxiety, worry and stress.

In a few years from now, none of these issues will even matter.

There will be new things in your life.

And if you get your mind right now, you’ll be amazed at what you can do.

Stop telling people, yourself included, that you’re going to do a thing and not follow through.

That shit is annoying. It kills trust. It makes you look like an ass.

Just lead by example.

Get out in the world, and do your thing.

Share your methods after the fact. Use your life as a case study. Anyone who was where you were will find it very useful.

Your first step in all of this isn’t a step at all. It’s a thought. That thought forms an intention on which you must act. But, somehow you’ve gotten into the habit of trying to act on everything.

You need to stop that too.

You can only do so much at a time. But, if you focus on the right things, you can move mountains.

I want you to move mountains.

Move mountains of anger, rage and disappointment and toss them into the sea.

Uproot self-doubt, pity and shame from your sense of being.

Today, you get a clean slate. It’s up to you to keep it clean.

That’s where Mindfulness comes in. Ramp up your practice. It’s not about getting your ass to cushion for 20 minutes so you can get a gold star and a pat on the head. It’s about getting in touch with your authentic expression of self, the expression that you would have if all that shit didn’t happen.

Unplug often throughout the day and completely one day per week.

Unplug from the avalanche of data coming through you. Unplug from letting your emotions hijack you. Unplug from the internet.


Do it. See how it goes. See how you feel, when you pull your attention out of the world wide web, and into your own sense of being.

Just be.

For the rest of the week, try this.

  • Every thirty minutes or so, stop what you’re doing.
  • Bring your attention to your body.
  • Center yourself and watch your breath for 2-3 minutes.

You’re not too busy. You’re not running out of time. You can do this.

It may help to get up. Walk slowly, mindfully. Co-ordinate your breath and your movements.

Practice Presence for 3-5 minutes. Let go of tension. Allow your breathing to return to its normal rhythm.

How to Combat Anxiety

Let go of control.

Let go.

Use this time to hydrate. Slowly sip. Water: The gift of life.

In order for you create the future you desire, you need to cultivate a deeper sense of who you are, and separate your emotions from who you were.

Monitor and direct the conversation that’s going on in your head.

Most of what you believe is flawed.

Your truths are based on faulty information. Emotions, mixed with a little observation and seasoned with a lot of conjecture is a recipe for disaster. The best thing you can do for yourself is to stop eating that shit you’ve cooked up in your brain.

Most of your problems never happen. Most of your fears never come to fruition. Most of your efforts to search for the answer are wasted. The answer lies within you. And it’s buried under a mountain of shit.

Move mountains.

Relax deeply.

Let your thoughts be what your thoughts want to be. They don’t have to become who you are. You don’t have to attach your sense of self to the stream of consciousness trying to drown you.

Start surfing again.

Surf your waves of emotion. Don’t fight them. Don’t drown in your own thoughts.

Find your balance. Let go of your need to control. Be free. And stay free from your convoluted sense of self.

Shut off the editor. Flow. Let thoughts move through you.

Focus on where you hold tension in your body. Let tension teach you. Learn to get unstuck.

How is your ability to let go?

Your number one priority is to let go of the tension, so that you can resolve any and all conflicts now.

The world is a mirror. Conflicts reflect human nature. The conflicts you’ve experienced are part of the equation. But, you don’t have engage.

More often than not, the conflict resides between your ears and only manifests emotional disturbances in your body.

How does it help you to create, recreate and evaluate the story of conflict over and over in your mind?

It doesn’t.

So stop that shit.

Bring it in.


Follow your breath.

Find your rhythm.

Relax and let go.

Engage Deeply with the World.

Listen to the sound of rain. Watch snowflakes fall. Feel the sun on your skin.

Bring more awareness to each and every moment of your life.

Stop chasing answers. Create them.

You can, right now…

…Chose the course of the rest of your life.

Choose to fully engage so that you can create new patterns in your thoughts, responses and actions.

It’s time. End your inner conflict.

Tell your current self that it’s ok. You did your best to be a good person. Sometimes life got overwhelming and you lost your shit. No take-backs. Move the fuck on.

If you can do it for yourself, you may be able to do it for other people too.

You don’t have to imagine that everyone in your history did their best to be a good person.

Some people are horrible. They do terrible things and only care about fulfilling their animal desires. Fuck those people.

Don’t let them continue to win one over on you.

I’m not asking you to forgive and forget.

I suggest you just walk away. Drop it. Move on. Let it go.

Find your own rhythm. Be present and fully engaged in your life. Trust your instincts and never let that shit happen again.

You do you.

We on the same page here?


Now let’s turn it up a notch.

Another reason I want you to unplug every thirty minutes, is that you have a tendency to spin out.

You make things more complicated than needed, and by doing so, you resist doing things you need to do.

If it seems difficult or painful, you avoid it.

You might be able to force yourself to take action, but those actions will always be half-assed. And you won’t be able to force yourself for very long. We’re all wired to avoid pain and seek pleasure, so do yourself a couple of favors. How to combat anxiety: 

1. Reduce Complexity.

Build a solid foundation first, and stop trying to make everything so big.

Grand Schemes are a trap for you. As soon as you come up with one. Stop. Take three minutes and shave off 2/3s.

Start there.

2. Make it a Game.

Track what you do today, and see if you can do it better tomorrow. Track what works and repeat. Track what doesn’t and reduce.

I love that you think about your future on a macro level.

You have a grand vision of the person you want to become.

But, the only way you’re going to get all that you want out of life is to immerse yourself into the micro expression of your life today.

Love your face! Talk to you soon,
Your Future Self

PS. If you just read this, please note: this series is the result of my morning ritual. These are notes to me, what I need to work on. Some people find them useful.

About The Author


Hi, I'm Tim McAuley the founder of Soul Surfer School where I help people learn how to get out of their own way so they can create the life they deserve by sharing proven techniques to create better habits so they can do the work to actually deserve the life of their dreams.

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