If you suffer from anxiety, you’re well aware of how detrimental this mental health issue can be. You can feel slow, sluggish, and tense for weeks on end, your physical health can begin to suffer, and you will simply not be living your best life.
Even though we all feel our anxiety differently, there are certain things we can all do to help us relieve the symptoms and feel a bit better about our day-to-day lives. Here are some of the things you can try.
Dealing With Anxiety – 8 Tips to Help With Stress and Worry
1. Exercise Every Day
Science has long ago proven the positive effect exercise has on our mental health. And while our anxieties often prevent us from working out, we should, in reality, be working our very hardest to add some form of movement to our day.
2. Eat a Balanced Diet
You are what you eat, or so the saying goes. This is especially true when you’re struggling with anxiety, as certain foods can make your symptoms worse, even if you don’t realize it.
Alcohol, caffeine, and sugar are the most common culprits, but you also want to stay away from any kind of processed foods and prepackaged meals.
What you should be eating are fresh fruit and veg, lean meats, and whole grains. You can also try green and chamomile tea, dark chocolate, and turmeric, as they all have a positive impact on the nervous system.
3. Find a Support System
The way you work through your anxiety will mostly depend on the kind of mind you have. Some people benefit hugely from seeing a therapist, others respond well to cognitive behavioral therapy. You may also want to try yoga and meditation practices or even energy healing.
Keep in mind that not every type of treatment will work for everyone, so don’t be discouraged if you try something and it doesn’t help. Just keep looking until a treatment clicks.
4. Try Essential Oils
The fragrance of essential oils that surrounds us can often significantly impact our mood, invoking certain memories and feelings.
When you’re trying to relax and slow down your racing thoughts, you might want to try lighting a soothing lavender candle. If you don’t like the smell of lavender, you can also try scents like rose, bergamot, or sandalwood.
5. Laughter is the Best Medicine
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Laughter has been proven to improve our moods and ease tension, so even if you really don’t feel like it, try laughing, or just smile. Think of happy memory, easing your mind and face into a grin.
You can also try playing your favorite rom-com, or watch a stand-up show on Netflix – whatever it is that you find funny, play it for yourself every day.
6. Listen to Music
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Music can hugely impact our mood. Depending on what sorts of emotions you need to invoke, reach for a playlist you have created for yourself.
You can put one together for the morning, with upbeat songs that will get you out of bed, another one with slow and soothing tunes for when you need to relax and unwind, and even a playlist that will help you tune everything else out and just focus on the sounds.
7. Breathe Deeply
Anxiety tenses your body, and you can often have trouble loosening your muscles. Deep breathing is great for solving this issue, as you can teach yourself to breathe not only properly, but deep enough to restore some calm into your universe.
Learning how to do it will take some time, though, so don’t give up if you don’t get it right at once. Most of us breathe from our chests and need time to relearn how to breathe from our diaphragm.
8. Sleep Better
The one thing that can cause huge disarray in our lives is not getting enough quality sleep. You may think you’re sleeping well every night, but you’re actually on the very surface of rest, where your mind doesn’t relax enough to regenerate and refocus.
Invest in a good pillow, try chamomile and lavender pillow mists, play some soothing music, and create your personal Zen sleeping space. Remove all tech from the bedroom, and just focus on relaxation – no superfluous thoughts and feelings when you enter this sanctum.
So This was it for today. I hope you have found this post helpful.
What are some of the techniques you use to help yourself relax? We’d love to know!
Have a Good Day! 😇