Tips on dealing with anxiety

Tips on dealing with anxiety

Stress and anxiety are unavoidable parts of life in today’s fast-paced world. Motivational speakers and gurus from around the world have talked about days like these. Days when you are so overwhelmed with fear and restlessness that you can’t think straight, nights when all you want to do is shut out the world and catch a breath.

Those who recognize the first signs of these stressors and deal with them healthily and productively end up leading a happy and successful life. But for those who struggle to get away from the anxiety that the modern world takes on us, perhaps a reassessment of one’s priorities is in order.

So, what is anxiety?

Anxiety can be best explained as a feeling of fear, dread or uneasiness. It tends to manifest itself in cold sweats, rapid heartbeat, a feeling of restlessness and even tension in one’s entire body. Studies indicate that almost 40 million adults in the U.S. suffer from anxiety daily. So if you are one of the countless people who are currently struggling to deal with anxiety, have a read below at a few tips to help you get started:

Identifying your triggers

The first step towards dealing with anxiety is identifying what triggers your anxiety. These can be specific situations or even certain actions that may end up crippling you with worry or fear. Before you know it, you succumb to the vicious cycle of not knowing how to deal with the situation. 

For many of us, anxiety can also be triggered by social events, financial issues, change in routine, interruption in sleep patterns, conflict at work or home, excessive caffeine consumption, and substance abuse. All this makes it increasingly important to recognize what sets off the warning bells for us and then try to formulate a plan to deal with it.

Exercise daily

Exercise has been proven to be a natural and effective anti-anxiety treatment. When you exercise, your body releases endorphins, which help relieve stress and tension. This, in turn, boosts both your physical and mental health. Irrespective of your age, gender or fitness level, regular exercise can profoundly impact your mental health and help keep your anxieties at bay.

Eating a balanced diet

Another way to deal with anxiety is to focus on your eating habits and eat a balanced diet. Consuming complex carbohydrates releases the amount of serotonin in your brain, creating a calming effect. Foods like whole-grain bread, whole-grain cereals and oatmeal are great sources of complex carbohydrates.

Practising mindfulness

Mindfulness is simply the ability to observe the world around us without any distractions. In other words, it is the ability to be consciously aware of whom we are and what are we doing without being engulfed by all the noise and clutter around us. To do so, start by setting aside just five minutes of your day to focus all of the attention that you have on your breathing.

Try not to think about anything else or worry about anything going on around you or in your life. The only thing that should be in your universe during these five minutes is breathing. This will allow you to de-clutter your mind and get rid of things that aren’t your problem]. You will get the clarity you want, and soon, things will be back on the right track. 

Final Word

While the tips mentioned above may help you deal with anxiety but if things get out of hand and your anxiety starts to interfere with your day to day activities, it is best to seek professional help. Schedule an appointment with a counsellor or a psychotherapist.

Remember! Life is constantly changing, and so are you. You must learn to adapt so that you do not fall prey to life’s daily stressors and lose your calm over it. Allow yourself to enjoy the little things in life that bring you joy instead of focusing on the negatives that cause distress to your mental and emotional well being.

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