Anxiety comes in many different forms and affects people in many different ways.
For some people, walking out the door in the morning without their keys can send them into a 20-minute panic while they feverishly search their entire residence – only to find them sitting on the kitchen counter where they left them.
For others, just thinking about walking out the door can be cause for a meltdown.
No matter where you fall on the anxiety spectrum, you will find that these tips for beating your uneasy feelings are both simple and helpful.
Get Some Sleep
And not just any sleep, consistent and restful sleep. Lack of good sleep has serious consequences on both your physical and mental health and can contribute to your overall anxiety. It really becomes a vicious cycle as anxiety leads to poor sleeping habits.
Turn off the TV, tablet, laptop, and smartphone and try to schedule at least seven hours of sleep each night and you will find that your anxiety levels stay pretty even throughout the day.
Sounds simple, right? For someone suffering from anxiety this may be easier said than done, but if you just give it a go, it will be helpful.
Have you ever been having a rough day at work when suddenly someone says or does something and you find yourself with a case of the giggles? The rest of the day doesn’t seem so bad. Well, this is the same premise.
Research suggests that laughter can reduce symptoms of depression and anxiety, so watch a funny video or talk to a friend who always makes you laugh to reduce your levels of nervousness.
For people with anxiety, physical clutter often leads to mental clutter. A messy desk or living space can make it difficult to relax and stay focused on the tasks at hand. A cluttered area gives the illusion that we have more to do than we really do, so take 15 minutes each day to de-clutter your workspace, coffee table, kitchen counter, any place where things may add up.
This will (hopefully) become a positive habit that will help keep things cleaner and anxiety-free and will help with more rational thinking.
Studies have found that people who express gratitude find themselves with reduced anxiety, especially when we’re well-rested! Start a journal and write down the things you have to be appreciative for. The overwhelming feelings will soon dissipate.
Like a lack of decent sleep, a lack of eating right will also cause anxiety to throw your body out of whack. You may have an increase or decrease in your appetite so eating balanced meals will help thwart cravings and make your body regulate itself through healthy energy.
To give your body even more of the support it needs, eat foods that contain nutrients such as vitamin B and omega-3s. Studies have linked vitamin B with good mental health and omega-3s may help reduce symptoms of depression and anxiety. Add wholegrain carbs to help regulate levels of serotonin, the “feel-good” neurotransmitter that helps us remain calm.