With today’s hectic lifestyle, you will find every other person suffering from anxiety and high stress levels. This can have significant negative impact on both the physical and mental well being of a person. Read on further to know about some easy ways to help deal with anxiety.
Monitor your diet
The first thing to do when you realize you are under a lot of stress is to check your diet. Make sure you are not deficient in minerals such as potassium and magnesium. Many people often go on crash diets without paying any attention to the loss of crucial vitamins and minerals in their body as a result of these diets. This leads to increased stress levels and anxiety attacks. If your nutrition levels are alright, then the next thing to do is to ditch any excessive usage of caffeine. Coffee, tea, chocolate, all contain high amounts of caffeine and can make you fidgety and restless. You may also find it difficult to sleep and this is a major cause of stress and anxiety. Ditch the habit of turning to tea and coffee when you have nothing else to do. Accommodate healthy food options such as fresh fruits and vegetables in your diet to deal with anxiety.
The most effective thing to do when you want to reduce your stress and anxiety levels is to meditate. Meditation helps you relax and calms you down. Although it might feel daunting initially, with patience and practice you will be able to meditate for longer periods of time and thus find your anxiety reducing. The best way to start is by creating an atmosphere suitable for meditation. Put on some meditative music and light aromatic candles. Take a deep breath and start counting your breath, then exhale while counting your breaths. Keep doing this until you feel a tingling sensation. But don’t worry, this only happens because your body is not used to so much blood passing through your veins at one time. Slowly, you will feel your body relaxing and all the stress fading away.
Boost your self esteem
Most people who are stressed all the time are also the ones having a very low self esteem. The way around this is to boost your self esteem. The fact is, most people with anxiety disorders are intelligent and skilled, but they let their talents go waste by thinking negative and expecting too much of themselves, in the end letting themselves down. Take a paper and pen and list down all the things that you like about yourself. You may find yourself shifting back to things that you don’t like about yourself. In such a case, take the help of a friend or a family members who can help point out you your plus points. Another option to make you feel good about yourself is to treat yourself to a spa treatment, or go shopping, play your favorite sport, just hang with friends, watch a movie, party; in short do something that makes you feel happy.
Divert your mind elsewhere
Find a distraction; it could be anything from sports or a long lost hobby like gardening or music. You will find that when your mind is occupied with other things that interest you then you will have lesser time to think about things that give you a lot of stress. Doing something physical such as exercising, aerobics etc is even better as it increases heart rate and pumps oxygen around the body faster. It will also make you feel drained out and help you sleep better. Once you find you are able to sleep better you will also find your anxiety reducing. If you are unable to do rigorous exercise even some simple breathing exercises will help you keep your anxiety under control. You could also try less strenuous forms of exercising such as yoga, Tai Chi etc. which help improve both your physical as well as mental well being.
Choose a sounding board
If you keep a lot of stress and anxiety inside you, it is going to harm you in the long run. You need to find some outlet to let go of all that negative energy from your body. Share your feelings with your spouse, partner, and close friends and take their advice. Alternatively, you can also consult a therapist who will guide you in the proper direction in an expert manner. If none of these options seem to be working for you, you can become your own therapist. Whenever you feel anxiety or stress building inside you, just write down all your feelings on a sheet of paper. Turn all your frustration into words and forget about it. Come back to it after some time when you are feeling better and read through what you have written. You will find you can so much more about yourself this way and this in turn will help you deal with anxiety.