You can manage your anxiety symptoms by making some simple lifestyle and thought changes. Try these tips to ease your symptoms.
*Remember that anxiety is a real, medical issue. I am not a doctor, just a woman who’s been where you are. Seek medical care if you are suffering from anxiety or panic.
We talked about what anxiety is, now let’s talk about how to manage it. Without a plan in place to manage anxiety, every time you get a touch nervous you’ll have to deal with symptoms that will keep you from being able to do your best. You have goals, girl. The last thing you need in your life is to have a breakdown when you’re trying to move up. Anxiety isn’t some unruly demon that runs your life, it is a real disorder that can be managed with some patience and a lot of creativity. Here are some practices that can help with anxiety.
Pay attention to your workload – This is huge. There is nothing more anxiety producing than being overwhelmed. This means you are going to have to become intentional with your time. There will be projects you would like to say yes to that you will need to decline because you simply cannot stack your plate too high. You may need to accept the fact that you can’t do everything. Break your workload into manageable chunks in order to keep yourself afloat.
Mindfulness – You have heard of the mindfulness craze, it is everywhere (kinda like fidget spinners). Put simply, mindfulness is being in the present moment. There are a variety of exercises, sounds and movements that can be done through breathing, coloring, and sound that can keep you in the present moment. Many times the issues we face anxiety over are either in the future or in the past. If you are concentrating on what is happening right now, unless there is a tiger chasing you, chances are that your anxiety will greatly reduce by coming into the present moment.
Light Exercise – Stress and tension build up in our muscles, and exercise can help to work that stress out of the body. You do not have to become a gym rat, keep it simple. Go for a walk around your neighborhood, or go for a quick walk on your lunch break. Keep a few dumbbells within reach or do a few squats. The endorphin rush you get from your workout will be fantastic and work those anxiety levels down.
Smells – Smell is a powerful sense, it can bring you back to a positive place. There are a variety of essential oils that are well known to produce feelings of calm ( lavender is well known for this). You can also use jasmine, rose, citrus, and geranium oils. Be certain to research the oils you plan to use and familiarize yourself with the safest way to use them, as some oils can burn your skin with direct contact.
Ambient Sounds – Sound is an important part of our psychological well being. We are surrounded by noises all day long, some we are conscious of and others that merely stay in the background. Ambient sounds are filled with peaceful melodies, nature sounds and gentle electronic noises, intended to relax the listener. Ambient sounds can shift the mood of your work place, or set the tone of your bedroom for a restful night’s sleep. Avoid these sounds in the car, as they have been known to cause drowsiness in some listeners. A ton of great ambient sound tracks are free for Amazon Prime members!
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Every person who wrangles with anxiety does so in there own way. There is no blueprint, no perfect one-size-fits-all remedy for the disorder. The most important thing to begin with is knowing yourself. Do some soul searching, some journaling, and write out what you have been feeling. Identify the people, places and things that leave you feeling the most anxious. When you know where those triggers come from, you can begin working away the fear and tension anxiety brings by using some of the tips included here. Best wishes for a less stressful existence!