Anxiety – We are undoubtedly in unprecedented times. With so much uncertainty in the air, my nerves are feeling the toll of it all. Not having answers, or knowing when things will be back to normal can really have an effect on your mental state. I’ve been in situations where my heart is pounding fast due to a stressful situation, and I start to sweat because the task at hand is becoming overwhelming. This is referred to as anxiety, which is the body’s response to stress. Here, I listed the 5 ways on how I deal with my anxiety:
Build a habit of fact-checking thoughts
Individuals suffering from anxiety have a habit of fixating on the worst-case scenarios. To fight these fears, try to think about how realistic they are. For example, let’s say you are nervous about an interview. Rather than thinking, ‘I am going to fail” say, I am anxious, but I’m fully prepared.” Forming a habit of rethinking your worries trains your mind to develop a rational way of dealing with anxious thoughts.
Relax and Exercise
Relaxation helps people with their physical and mental feelings of anxiety. It helps a lot to drop your shoulders and take a deep breath. Try learning different relaxation techniques like massage, meditation, and yoga.
Conversely, exercising helps reduce anxiety. Exercise usually requires concentration, and this takes your brain off stress.
Eat healthy food or take supplements
Consuming a healthy diet or trying supplements is a long-term strategy that helps reduce anxiety. Some of the nutrients and supplements that help deal with anxiety include:
- Lemon balm
- Green tea
- Omega-3 fatty acids
Pay attention to sleep
Both quantity and quality are crucial for good sleep. When you are experiencing stress, it is recommended that you get 8-hours of good sleep. If you are not getting adequate rest because of stress, try these techniques:
- Keep the room temperature cool
- Make sure the bed is comfortable
- Stick to a sleeping schedule
Ease up on alcohol and caffeine
Alcohol is a downer while caffeine is an upper, two things that can make anxiety increase. Reduce the consumption of these two or avoid them if it is possible.
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