Tips for dealing with anxiety
Take a time-out Sometimes we just need to walk away and take a minute to ourselves to collect our thoughts before we can face a difficult issue. Often, just a few moments to catch our breath is what we need. What to do: Take slow, deep breaths, count to ten, meditate, and/or go for a walk.
Find a Distraction Usually when things are out of our control, the only thing we can do is wait. But waiting is not enjoyable and can often make our anxiety worse. Distracting yourself with something you enjoy is a good way to combat this. What to do: Practice yoga, listen to music, write in a journal, spend time with family or friends, or do another activity you enjoy.
Take Care of Yourself If you’re like me, you may spend a little more time taking care of others and not enough time taking care of yourself. Self-care doesn’t mean going on a shopping spree or treating yourself every time something goes wrong. Taking care of yourself in the simplest of forms can help anxious feelings. What to do: Get enough sleep, drink plenty of water, eat well-balanced meals, be physically active, and limit alcohol and caffeine.
Talk it Out A lot of the time, talking to someone can help us not feel so alone. Talk to a trusted friend, coworker, or family member when you just need to get something off your chest and talk through it rationally. It is also important to know there is no shame in seeking professional help by talking with a licensed counselor or therapist. What to do: pick up the phone and call someone you trust.
Learn What Triggers You By learning what it is that is causing you stress and anxiety, you can possibly avoid those things. Many times, we can’t avoid those things altogether, but if we know what they are, we can be prepared to conquer it head on. What to do: make a list or journal entry about specific things that trigger you and how you plan to overcome them.
Be Mindful Think about it: as long as you are doing the best you can, that is all that matters. It is hard when things don’t go the way we thought they should. Sometimes resetting our mindset can help us accept that we can’t control everything. Learning to loosen up, laugh it off, and stay positive can help us get through the tough things a little easier. What to do: practice mindfulness and maintain a positive attitude.
We have all felt anxious about something at one point or another, and that is okay. By following these tips, hopefully you know what to do when you’re feeling anxious.
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