Monday, May 11, 2020

Tips For Coping With Anxiety

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Whether you feel anxious consistently or are only experiencing it for the first time, anxiety is our body’s natural reaction to stress. Everyone has different triggers which will set off the anxious feeling.

Here I’ll list some tips which can help you cope with anxiety, all from personal experience as I've previously shared about my own battle with anxiety; however, it’s vital to identify what your triggers are to help you manage your anxiety efficiently.

Symptoms of Anxiety
There are many symptoms which are related to anxiety, both physical and mental. Anxiety is different for each and every person; you may suffer from headaches and chest pains, or experience issues concentrating and being unable to relax.

Practise Breathing Exercises
As we face the feeling of anxiousness, our pulses tend to start racing and the best way to help stabilise our heartrate, bringing it back to a natural speed, is by taking a deep breath.

There are countless breathing exercises you can try. One of the simplest techniques is to get comfortable sitting, close your eyes and slowly inhale through your nose, followed by a deep exhale through your mouth. Repeat this a few times and try to be as present as you can be, thinking about each breath you’re taking.

Keep A Diary
By writing down when you feel anxious, usually, you feel slight instant relief as rather than stay within your head, you’re putting pen to paper, which helps the anxious thoughts to feel less daunting. If these anxious feelings have just started, by keeping a diary, it will allow you to figure out what is triggering these feelings.

Do Some Exercise
Whether you decide to go on a short stroll around the park, partake in a 10-minute HIIT session or try your hand at yoga, exercise gets our endorphins pumping which release a feel-good feeling. This positive feeling will help overtake the anxious feeling.

If you can, it’s advised to do exercise outside as fresh air and nature helps to lower anxiety and stress further.

Speak to Someone
Confide in a friend or family member, as they say, a problem shared is a problem halved! Our family and friends are there to support us through the tough times and will want to help as much as they can. Sometimes it’s just nice to say how you’re feeling out loud and talking to someone can be a relief in itself.

If you feel as though you can’t speak to someone close to you, there are many helplines and charities which can provide support; for example, Samaritans and Anxiety UK.

Look at Your Diet
What are you eating and drinking, are your meals consistent, or do you eat sporadically? Ensuring we regularly eat and drink helps to keep our blood sugar levels stable, which can affect our energy and mood. It’s advised to eat plenty of protein (fish, lean meat, cheese, eggs and legumes) and fruit and vegetables, which all help to regulate our thoughts and feelings.

Try A Herbal Treatment
Whether you want to try incorporating chamomile tea into your regular routine, spraying lavender onto your pillow before bed, there are many herbal remedies which have been used to cope with anxiety.

In recent years CBD for anxiety has been used, with studies reporting that taking regular doses has helped to reduce anxiety levels. CBD helps to stimulate the endocannabinoid system and make them work more productively to help reduce anxiety.

1 in 13 people in the world suffer from anxiety, so it’s helpful to remember that you aren’t alone in feeling this way. Different coping mechanisms will work for different people. Therefore, it’s important to find something which works for you.

Hopefully, these tips will help you control your anxiety, but if you feel as though you are unable to cope, or your symptoms are worsening, it’s advised to speak to a healthcare professional. Do you suffer from anxiety? What helps you to cope?
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