Many people deal with anxiety on a daily basis, although they may be unaware of the fact that medication is not the only treatment available. Because anxiety is a mental illness that cannot be cured overnight, it is often better to find different coping mechanisms to help people deal with it. In this article we take a closer look at some simple tips for managing anxiety.
Move your body- Regular physical exercise is not only invigorating; it can actually help ease feelings of anxiety. Even a brisk 10-minute walk every day can make a significant difference to a person with anxiety as it releases dopamine for the “feel-good” factor which is a completely natural high.
Pay attention to sleep- It is crucial to get a decent night’s sleep for a good state of mind. The general recommendation is 8-hours of sleep each night although many people with anxiety struggle to get to sleep at all. Mindfulness practices such as meditation can be extremely beneficial for people with anxiety as a way of helping them improve sleep patterns.
Ease up on caffeine and alcohol- Caffeine is a stimulant and alcohol a depressant and both can heighten the symptoms of anxiety. It’s best for people with anxiety to cut back or avoid them at all.
Breathe deep- Deep-breathing is actually a mindfulness practice, like meditation, which can be enormously beneficial for symptoms of anxiety. When a person is feeling particularly anxious, they are likely to experience increased blood pressure and a rapid heartbeat and taking long, slow and controlled breaths can help ease their symptoms.
Be the boss of your thoughts- As with most mental illnesses, anxiety is very much driven by negative internal dialogue. If there’s a stressful situation or incident that is likely to make a person anxious, it often helps to distract the mind by focusing on something else. Many therapists recommend turning negative thoughts into positive ones, which is an effective form of reverse-psychology.
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