Anxiety can be a slippery slope. Before you even realise it, the problem can spiral out of control. The trick is to identify that you have a problem and do something about it before the issue becomes so serious that it requires professional help. Here are some of the best ways you can recognise your anxiety, come to grips with it, and beat it before it takes over your life.
Learn the Symptoms of Anxiety
Recognising there’s a problem is always the first step, and anxiety is no different. People with anxiety will have excessive amounts of fear and irritability, often expecting bad things to happen. However, there are also physical symptoms of anxiety, including headaches, stomach distress, sweating, trembling, and insomnia. If you experience any of these symptoms, consider the possibility that you’re suffering from anxiety.
You can’t always exercise your problems away, but studies have shown that exercise helps to manage anxiety. Studies also show those who don’t exercise regularly are more likely to suffer from anxiety. You don’t have to become a fitness guru, but making exercise part of your daily routine can help prevent anxious feelings. Exercise has also been shown to release brain chemicals that put you in a better mood, keeping your anxiety at a manageable level.
Take A Deep Breath
Breathing exercises can be a good way to deal with anxiety in the short term. People who suffer from anxiety often begin to hyperventilate or experience panic attacks. However, taking a few deep breaths, particularly through your nose, signals to your body that it’s time to relax. A few deep breaths will help your heart to beat at a normal pace, which will help you avoid many of the physical symptoms of anxiety.
Studies show that maintaining close friendships help people cope with traumatic life events, whether it be divorce, job loss, or the death of a family member. In stressful situations, people need to feel like they have a friend who can pick them up if they fall down. If you feel yourself suffering from anxiety, spend more time with your friends and reinforce the fact that you have close relationships with others and people who you can count on when you need help.
Give Yourself Positive Reinforcement
Part of the problem with anxiety is always expecting the worst. But you have to remember that things are never as bad as they seem. A few times a day, tell yourself that you’re doing fine and in good shape. This will help you balance out the fight-or-flight instincts that make you fear the worst. It may not sound like much, but simply telling yourself that you feel fine will help calm any anxiety; it’s the power of positive thought.
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