Tips for dealing with anxiety
More and more people are experiencing a level of anxiety that’s interfering with their daily lives.
If you’re one of these people, here are some ways to help you manage feelings of anxiety and stress.
Get enough sleep
We’re always saying it, the importance of sleep cannot be over estimated.
Regular, quality sleep is what we need to make sure we don’t get overly anxious about things. When we are actually experiencing anxiety and stress our bodies and minds need more sleep and rest.
After Christmas, and all that comes with it, be it partying, lie-ins, exams, our sleeping patterns can be all messed up. Try to get them back on track as soon as you can by committing to the same bed and get out of bed times everyday, for at least a week.
What does this mean, when you have to go to work/school/college? They are not negotiable.
So it means, when you do have free-time, (sounds like a contradiction in terms) actively get some down time. Get a massage, do yoga, meditate, try some relaxation exercises or look at others ways to relax.
Whatever it is, work on finding something that can give your mind a break from the thoughts that are making you anxious.
Limit your intake of alcohol, caffeine and energy drinks which can aggravate anxiety and trigger panic attacks. They skew your moods and interfere with your ability to identify the things that are really bothering you.
Write stuff down
Keeping track of what’s going on for you can help you identify any patterns, while allowing you to vent uncensored and work stuff out.
You know this one. You know exercise has a multitude of benefits, but it’s January so the gym is packed. It’s cold outside and Netflix. Yes, there are number of excuses to be had.
Get out for walk on your lunch breaks and see the difference it can make how you’re feeling at the time. Also we do still have short days, so getting out in what daylight we have is important.
Meditation for anxiety
Some people find different types of meditation helps them manage anxiety over time. The very notion of bringing yourself into the current moment so that you’re not catastrophising about what may or may not happen can be really effective.
Have a laugh
Having a good laugh and being social can really help alleviate feelings of stress.
Give yourself a break
Are you holding disproportionately high standards for you, that you wouldn’t for others? That’s not helpful, so learn to take it easy on yourself.
If you’ve done badly in something, or said something out of turn, learn from the experience and move on from it.
We are all a product of our failures and success, don’t loose sleep over things can be remedied or forgotten by everyone else.
Learn more about anxiety and what you can do about it.