Anxiety can be difficult to manage especially when everyday situations can worsen symptoms. Along with depression, anxiety is the most common mental disorder in Britain. 7.8% of the population are believed to have the condition. Nobody should be forced to live with anxiety, but on a positive note, there are many lifestyle changes and strategies that can help change the way you feel.
In this post, I will be sharing five anxiety management tips:
Meditating is one of the best things you can do if you suffer from anxiety. Meditation teaches you to say present, in addition to calming the mind, body and soul. When anxious, thousands if not millions of thoughts can go through your mind all at the same time. Meditation is perfect for calming internal chaos. The most important thing to remember when choosing to meditate is that it takes time, so don’t expect to master it immediately. There are some fantastic apps out there that you can use to meditate: whether you need to set the tone for your day or induce sleep. Pacificaand Headspaceare highly recommended by medical professionals.
When faced with anxious thoughts, it may feel like they will never go away. One of the best ways to manage anxiety in full bloom is to ask yourself one question: ‘Can I change what I am worrying about right now?’. If the answer is yes, write a list with an action plan or strategy. If the answer is no, try and switch your thought process. Think about where you are and reprogram your mind to focus on what you are engaged with. It’s challenging at first, but it does work. As a fellow sufferer of anxiety, I feel that we spend most of our time worrying about things we have absolutely NO control over so take a deep breath and relax.
Take some time out
When anxiety starts to have physical implications (such as headaches, feeling dizzy or faint), it’s a sign that time out is needed. Anxiety can get a lot worse if it’s not acknowledged. Do activities that bring a sense of relief to your mind. Exercise, meditate, meet up with friends or even go and watch a film. There are so many things you can do to practise self-care. Stepping back from whatever is on your mind is a great way to clear your head and improve your health and wellbeing too.
Eat the right foods
Skipping meals is the worst thing you can do when you feel anxious. No matter what you have planned for the day, always make sure you eat something. If you’re not big on breakfast, there are many energy inducing fruits you can eat such as bananas. Also, try to stay away from drinks that contain a lot of caffeine as research has found that they can aggravate anxiety and even trigger panic attacks. Where food is concerned, choose foods and drinks that like. Don’t opt for something just because it will relieve your anxiety. Having a healthy relationship with food is so important in managing the way you feel.
Find out what is triggering your anxiety
Is it something to do with work, family, school? When anxiety reaches its peak, some self-reflection is needed. If you find it hard to acknowledge what the issue may be, write it down and focus heavily on your feelings. Sometimes, you need to come face to face with concerns. If there’s a pattern with certain emotions or feelings, you need to come up with a strategy. You may benefit from talking to someone you can trust or asking your GP to refer you to a counsellor.
If you are feeling overwhelmed by anxiety, don’t turn a blind eye to your emotions. Anxiety is becoming more common, especially among millennials, and there are so many sources of support available. You don’t have to suffer in silence. Have faith that things will get better.