When you struggle with anxiety, it can easily take over your daily routine. It’s something that is constantly on your mind, and if you’re lucky enough to not be thinking about it, your body is probably displaying signs of it. It’s a huge sense of relief when you can find a way to prevent or distract the anxiousness from taking over for a day, so we’ve put together a few tips to help you do just that.
Turning on some slow, relaxing music, doing breath work and consciously thinking about your body can do a lot to remove anxiety from the mind. A lot of people with anxiety might think they don’t have the patience or the ability to meditate because they can’t sit still for more than a few minutes, but we promise, give it a try and you absolutely will not regret it. (Watch: how to start meditating)
Get enough sleep
In general, for optimal health, you need to try and get at least seven and a half hours of sleep per night. For anxiety, though, sleep can be tricky because it can be so difficult to fall asleep, but on the flip side, a lack of sleep can cause anxiety. This is where meditation and breath work come into play—you need to practice these things to help you get to sleep and hopefully prevent more anxiousness.
One of the most important things someone with anxiety can do is to exercise on a regular basis. Consistent cardiovascular workouts can help release endorphins that reduce anxiety. Have you ever had a great workout and right after you felt chilled? That’s your body’s endorphins at work. Think about activities that really get your heart rate up like hiking, swimming and running.
This might have anxiety-filled coffee lovers all over the world breaking down into tears, but the truth is, caffeine exacerbates the effects of anxiety. Caffeine is made to make people feel energized and pumped up, so limit it on especially anxious days.
Take a Break
Relaxation can do a lot for the mind, so taking a break from your daily grind can do wonders to prevent anxiety. A lot of people will put off taking a break until they feel like their anxiety has reached a head. To avoid getting to this point, give yourself daily, weekly and monthly breaks that allow you to feel rejuvenated.