How To Deal With Anxiety
Anxiety is very common people and affects millions of people everyday. Everyone experiences anxiety at some point in their lives.
When anxiety strikes, it can be an overwhelming feeling of unease. Whether you have anxiety during times of stress or whether you experience anxiety a lot, there are solutions out there to help you overcome anxiety.
If you only experience anxiety in times of worry or high stress, this is perfectly normal and will ease away, however, if you are struggling with anxiety on a day to day basis, it is important to seek help in friends, family and professional help. You will feel a lot better once you have support.
There are different type of anxiety, for example:
- High stress anxiety (Occasional)
- GAD (Generalised Anxiety Disorder)
- PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disroder)
- Social Anxiety (Anxiety is social situations)
Here are some tips on how to stop feeling anxious right now;
Breathe deeply and slowly
Taking some slow, deep breaths in helps control anxiety for a few reasons. The first reason is that breathing slowly and deeply immediately starts to slow your heart rate down, which is a key symptom is helping keep your anxiety alive. When your heart is racing, it's easy to go into panic mode and stay to worry. But taking nice, calm breaths help slow your heart and the body down into a nice, calm state. Secondly, taking slow, deep breaths helps you focus more on your breathing than on what is worrying you, so it will take your mind off it for a while. Sometimes, we act irrationally and out of fear, but calming yourself down and focusing on your breathing will allow you to think more rationally.
There is a reason healthy lifestyles are promoted quite often, it is because the benefits are amazing. Firstly, exercise produce endorphins which is a chemical that scientifically makes you happier. Exercise is also scientifically proven to reduce stress, reduce fatigue and increase alertness, which is very helpful when you have lost motivation over stress and anxiety. Scientists have shown that people who exercise regularly, have lower signs of anxiety or depression.
Another exercise can help anxiety is because when you exercise, you feel good about yourself, and when you feel good about yourself, you will overall be less anxious.
Listen to calming music
If it helps you to go and blast your rock album and dance along, then by all means please do so. But listening to calming music has a meditation effect and makes you feel chilled out. Music has a soothing power that cleanses you from the inside out. If you really listen carefully to the smooth melody, you can really feel your body relaxing into the song. It is has an unique connection to our emotions, so it can be a powerful anxiety tool. If you are a busy person, try listening to calm music on your journey to work, first thing in the morning or even on a lunch break. Singing can also be a great relsease of tension, so it's ok to play music with lyrics too.
Slow music can also be a form of meditation as it helps slow your body and mind down.
Think, what's the worse that can happen?
What is the worst that can happen?
If you are on a job interview, and don't get the job, it doesn't matter, because there will be plenty more opportunities, and you will still have your old job for now.
If a date hasn't called you back? It doesn't matter because that person wasn't right for you, the right person will love and try their hardest to be with you. Nothing should be forced and you shouldn't be waiting around when you have a whole life out there to live.
Sometimes, our brain puts us into safe mode, where it's trying to protect us from any sign of danger, but the truth is, it's usually overthinking the situation to keep you safe.
Remind yourself of your best qualities and memories
Sometimes, we get a little bit lost in this world trying to find ourselves, and that's ok, keep going. But every now and then, you should remind yourself of all your amazing qualities that people love. How different the world would be if you weren't in it. How many people you have influenced. Also, the memories you have had that make you smile.
It's important to remind yourself how great you are and how many great memories you have. Sometimes, anxiety can make us feel unworthy and invisible, so remind yourself of all the great qualities and memories you have that make you who you are.
You could even create a photo board at home so you can look at it daily.
Eat, drink and sleep well
Have you been getting your 8 hours a day to keep you fresh and ready for the day? Tiredness can contribute to feeling anxious and stressed, making sure you have the energy to smash the day is vital to good well being. Also, make sure you eat a balanced diet too. You need to try and get your required daily vitamin intake to help your body feel good and feel more energised. Same goes for drinking water, you need to aim to drink at least 2 litres of water a day to flush out any toxins inside you and make you feel healthy from the inside. Feeling good will help overcome anxiety and stress.