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One of the biggest battles in life that I am constantly trying to overcome is managing anxiety. According to the American Psychological Association, anxiety is an emotion that is characterized by feelings of tension, worried thoughts and even physical changes (e.g. high blood pressure). I am always trying to take steps to improve this part of my life. So I am sharing eight helpful tips for managing anxiety daily that actually work.
Almost everyone seems to experience anxiety during stressful life events. If you are behind on a project, taking an exam, or making a life-altering decision, then it is normal to feel a little anxious. In this article, I am primarily speaking to those who are struggling with anxiety daily.
Managing anxiety is important so that you can have more energy and focus in life. Our overall mental health and well-being are just as important as our physical health. So start taking steps today to manage anxiety in order to gain back your self-confidence.
Learn More About Your Anxiety
The first step in managing anxiety is to understand it better. Start by discovering what actually is triggering your anxiety. I personally keep a log on my phone describing each time I have anxiety so I can find out the cause. If you find out what is triggering the problem, then you can deal with it. I have also heard that acting out your greatest fear can help you overcome it. I am afraid to try out this strategy, but if you do this and it works, please share!
Take Time For Yourself
Another great way to manage anxiety is to take time for yourself to relax. Sometimes taking a step back from a stressful situation is the best solution. You can try meditating, listening to music, practicing yoga, etc. Simply find a relaxing way to calm down during these moments.
Remember To Rest Up
When you have anxiety, your body actually needs additional sleep. So it is important to try to get at least eight hours of sleep each night. If you struggle with getting enough rest, try to find solutions. For example, I sleep so much better when I listen to “rain” sleep sounds at night.
Sometimes whenever we are constantly on the go we tend to not even take the time to breathe. I actually use an app on my phone to remind to me to take a deep breath throughout my work day. So just inhale deeply counting to eight, hold the breath for a second and then exhale slowly.
Exercise Daily & Eat Healthier
During times of stress, we often turn to binge eating a box of oreos or tub of ice cream. Instead, try replacing this routine with healthy snack options and going for a relaxing walk. Find unique ways to exercise each day to relieve anxiety. Check out a similar post about how to de-stress your work week, HERE!
Talk It Out
When it comes to managing anxiety, it helps to talk it out with another person. It doesn’t have to be a physician or therapist either. Family members and close friends are there to listen while helping you. Also, try researching support groups that is full of other people who totally get what you are going through.
A positive attitude always makes everything so much better. Try to replace negative thoughts that you are having with positive ones. I am learning this technique myself, and I promise it really works! It is important to accept the fact that you cannot control everything. So try not to get so down on yourself when anxiety creeps in.
No One Is Perfect
Always remember that no one in this world is perfect. So instead of striving for perfection, be proud of what you are doing. Sometimes I actually create anxiety in myself because of my high expectations. Give yourself a pat on the back and set realistic goals.
I have been living with anxiety pretty much my entire life and I don’t want that for you. So I hope that you can apply these eight tips to your own life and see improvements like I have. Now it is your turn, please add a comment below of your favorite strategy in managing anxiety or stress!