Anxiety and stress seem to be a regular occurrence these days. However, you can significantly reduce your symptoms and remove fear altogether and improve your quality of life by incorporating healthy habits, therapy, medication and these helpful tips.
Time To Start Exercising
Physical exercise every day significantly reduces anxiety symptoms, as it improves your mood and sleep and calms stress and tension. It is a great way to get into your body and out of your head, with fears and worries left on the running trail. More energy gained from regular exercise helps you have more focus to concentrate on your treatment and healing goals. So, get your running shoes out or your yoga mat out and start exercising!
Box Breathing To Cultivate Calm
Box breathing, otherwise known as square or four-square breathing, is a powerful, yet straightforward way to regain your breath back to its normalised pace and cultivate a sense of calm. When feeling overwhelmed and panicked, you can use this technique without anyone being the wiser. Box Breathing looks like the following:
1, Breath in through your nose on a length of the mental box
2, exhale through your mouth on the conjoining length of the box
3, continue this process until you have concluded the box.
Do this slowly and rhythmically, feel your lungs, feel your heart and feel the present.
Eat Right And Sleep Tight
A balanced diet supports maintained moods while a significant reduction in coffee and alcohol consumption will lessen anxiety-like sensations being triggered within your body. While eating right, be sure to get ample sleep as sleep deprivation and chronic insomnia contributes significantly to anxiety symptoms.
Write About It And Let It Out To Release Stress
Often our problems and anxieties feel insurmountable. That is okay; it does feel like that now. Take a beat, grab a pen and paper and write, don’t think about it too much and try to make sense out of it. Often a visual representation on how we feel and what we are thinking proves that things are not always unfixable and that we can look at things holistically and work through it.
While writing about, be sure to let it out and talk to a friend or family member as this helps reduce stress and anxiety even just one person to listen to the fears and anxieties halves the burdens. Surround yourself with people who positively impact you and uplift you in every regard.
Shake It Off When Facing Stress
Dancing, running, skipping or walking, anything that gets your blood pumping and your endorphins flowing. Our bodies, often being kept still, require movement to allow the dopamine to travel and for our bodies to work their magic in helping us find an equilibrium.
The Big List Of Gratitude Helps Ease The Mind
It is often easier to focus on how we have failed, how we are not skinny, or we are too thin or not good enough. It is more comfortable, but we like a challenge. Every day holds a space where you can be grateful, even if it is one tiny thing like the air you breathe or a piece of food you ate. Being grateful opens up the door to further gratitude and love.
Regain Your Balance And Take Time Off
Living with anxiety is never easy, and you can become off-kilter with nagging fears, unconstructive worries and misplaced priorities. Therefore, it is essential to take a day off, go on holiday or a sabbatical and regain perspective and reconnect with yourself.
While you can incorporate these helpful tips into your life, contact our professionals at Empowering Wellness as well, who are here to help you beat anxiety and stress and live a happy, healthy life.