Updated: Aug 9, 2021
Anxiety is your body’s natural response to stress. It is a feeling of fear or nervousness about what will happen. The first day of school, going to a job interview, or giving a speech may cause most people to feel fearful and nervous.
But if your feelings of anxiety are extreme; or they last for longer than six months, and are interfering with your life, you may have an anxiety disorder.
In the case of an anxiety disorder, the feeling of fear may be with you all the time. It is intense and sometimes unbearable. This type of anxiety may cause you to stop doing things you enjoy. In extreme cases, it may prevent you from entering an elevator, crossing the street, or even leaving your home. If left untreated, the anxiety will keep getting worse.
Anxiety disorders are the most common form of emotional disorder and can affect anyone at any age.
Symptoms of general anxiety include:
increased heart rate
difficulty falling asleep
Your anxiety symptoms might be totally different from someone else’s. That’s why it’s important to analyse yourself & take action accordingly.
Today I will be sharing 10 Easy Tips to overcome your Anxiety.
You can read all the tips to fight anxiety, but none of it matters unless you take action. To feel more relaxed, to sleep soundly at night, and to put energy into what matters, you have to stop wasting time on tasks that don't matter.
Your part is to dedicate at-least 15-20 minutes per day and do the simple things I am about to share. You must be already familiar with some of these things; But I am sure, you have not done all of them.
1. Accept your anxiety :
Whether you were inborn with "anxiety genes" from your parents, it is your lifestyle, or both, accept your anxiety. It is not about being depressed and giving up. Understand you have to work hard every day to calm yourself & the environment around you. Remember there are always options in life; but Giving up is never a choice!
The sooner you accept your anxiety; the sooner you can heal from it.
2. Deep-breathing :
If you are not focused on how to calm your body through slow, intentional deep breathing, you are missing out. Deep breathing is easy to implement. You can do it anytime & anywhere. Just sit down with your eyes closed & try to free your mind of any thoughts. All you have to think is about being calm & focus on your breathing pattern. Feel the air going in from the nose to then coming out. Concentrate on your breath and forget everything else.
Resist the temptation to follow different thoughts as they arise, and focus on the sensation of the breath. If you discover that your mind has wandered and is following your thoughts, immediately return it to the breath.
Repeat this as many times as necessary until your mind settles on the breath. Don't wait to begin this exercise. The sooner you make this a daily habit, the quicker you will feel relaxed.
3. Self-care :
Get a massage or a haircut or do anything, which makes you, feel better.
If budget is a problem, look for a discount salon or do it yourself at home! Close your eyes and imagine that five-star service, while you take in the pampering you deserve.
4. De clutter :
Do you ever wonder how much time is lost when you can't find your car keys or that package or the TV remote?
Chances are you have got too much stuff occupying your living space.
Try this quick organization hack:
Choose a drawer, cabinet, or closet.
Categorize the stuff you don't use.
Make three piles for
a) Items to throw away, b) Items to donate, and c) Items to sell.
Just give it away!
5. Plan a day trip :
When you spend time in nature, you give your mind and body a much-needed break from the hustle and bustle which causes you to Google things like "How to fight anxiety" in the first place. Chances are, no matter where you live, there is a peaceful, interesting, and calm place you can visit; be it a garden, lake or anything nearby.
6. Go to bed early :
This may sound impossible if you are used to staying up late to catch up on Netflix or just surfing. But this one's a must.
Lack of quality sleep is a huge anxiety culprit. Lack of sleep can increase the brain's preventive reactions, increasing the overall anxiety levels.
"Having moderate levels of anxiety about doing well is important. But it can be destructive when it begins to interfere with your life." It's impossible to have healthy emotional functioning without adequate sleep.
7. Wake up 15 minutes early :
Like most anxious people, you're probably rushing around in the morning and yelling at everyone, "Hurry up! We're going to be late!"
Go slowly, and set yourself up for a relaxed day ahead. If you start to worry about the day ahead, take a deep breath and think: There is enough time & I will be on time. So start 15 mins early & have a peaceful day ahead.
8. Reduce caffeine, sugar, and processed foods :
Caffeine can cause heart palpitations if you drink too much. Caffeine also can trigger panic or anxiety attacks, especially if you have an anxiety disorder.
Sugar acts as a stimulant and can cause anxiety or even panic attacks. Other attacking foods include those containing refined flour products ie. Maida.
9. Go green :
Diet affects anxiety. A morning glass of fresh juice can get you on the right side of calm. Make a habit of drinking a glass of natural fresh juice in the morning instead of coffee. You can find a bunch of juice recipes, which are very easy to make & not at all time consuming. For instance, you can have a freshly squeezed orange juice or even a cucumber mint lemon cooler.
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10. Know that feelings are not facts :
One of the hardest jobs is to convince our anxious mind that the feelings of low self-worth, guilt and shame are not real. Negative thoughts cause negative feelings. This one is tricky, because many of our negative thoughts are automatic, deeply assumed, and rooted in the unconscious mind.
The key to making the above actions work is consistency. You are the expert on your life. Choose the ones that work best for you, and give them a shot.
See you on the Calm Side :)
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