Tips for Anxiety
“Anxiety does not empty tomorrow of its sorrows, but only empties today of its strength.” – Charles Spurgeon
Anxiety can be expected in stressful situations such as public speaking or taking a test. Anxiety is only an indicator of underlying disease when feelings become excessive, all-consuming, and interfere with living. When your anxiety leads you to be unproductive daily, it may be time to explore alternative options. Here are a few tips for dealing with anxiety.
Find a Creative Activity
Do you have a hobby or activity that brings you joy? It could be as simple as journaling, knitting, painting, singing, dancing, or playing sports. By tapping into your creativeness regularly, this can help reduce anxiety.
Of course, we are all aware that daily physical fitness is great for our bodies. Did you know it is a great stress reliever also? If you feel anxious about performing or taking an exam, sweat it out with something exercise. Don’t forget to hydrate.
Take a Pause
Breathe in, breathe out. Meditation is an excellent technique that can produce a deep state of relaxation and a tranquil mind. During meditation, you focus your attention and eliminate the stream of jumbled thoughts that may be crowding your mind and causing stress. This process may result in enhanced physical and emotional well-being. By centering yourself through meditation, you train yourself to be in control of your mind and body the next time you feel anxious.
How are you sleeping? I could use help in this department. Sometimes I feel that as soon as I lay down, all of my thoughts hit me at once, and my brain does not want to turn off. Did you know that not getting enough sleep affects our bodies? Some of the most serious potential problems associated with chronic sleep deprivation are high blood pressure, diabetes, heart attack, heart failure, or stroke. Chronic sleep deprivation can even affect your appearance. Make it a priority to go to bed at the same time every night. Once you are in bed, ensure there are no distractions such as your phone or television. I even play white noise of rain sounds to help me fall and stay asleep.
Ask for Help
Asking for help sounds easier said than done. We all feel like we‘ve got it all figured out, and that may be true to a certain extent. There are times when we need to ask for help. If we as humans never needed support, therapists, physicians, teachers, or other professions would not exist. Suppose you find yourself having intense, excessive, and persistent worry and fear about everyday situations. In that case, it may be time for you to talk to a trusted friend, professional or seek medical treatment.
Remember, anxiety is a normal stress reaction and is manageable. Everyone experiences anxiety differently. If you notice yourself being more anxious to the point of unproductivity, revisit the options above. You’ve got this.