How to deal with anxiety
There is nothing like a bit of brutal honesty at times. Aside from all the ‘new year, new me’ rubbish, anxiety is a demon many have to live with around-the-clock. Here’s how to deal with anxiety.
Many people would not see a person as anxious. In fact, most may even believe they are confident and outgoing – a shock to the system when this is further from the truth.
In the last few months, I have had to challenge my anxiety head on. I’ve had to do this for my own mental health and personal development.
See, anxiety is a nasty beast. It leaves you isolated, disconnected and quite frankly exhausted. So, I made it my mission to change my relationship with my mental health.
How to boost your mental health and mindfulness
Here’s how to centre yourself and deal with anxiety:
- It is okay to not be in control 24/7 – so what if you are late or say something ridiculous?
- You can trust people – let people know how you feel and most will be considerate.
- Talk more – it helps to talk about how you feel and to get a wider perspective on your concerns.
- Take better care of you – put the dry shampoo down, wash your hair – you’ll feel better for it.
- Dress up and get out – socialising always does you good, it’s only scary at first – step outside the front door.
- Make time for you – find something you enjoy and do it often. Mindfulness is key.
- Enjoy nature – take a walk and reconnect with your thoughts.
- Structure your day – structure your day but allow for changes when needed.
- Record your worries – If it helps, keep a diary and include your happy moments too!
- Challenge yourself – Tackle anxieties slowly but surely and challenge your negative thoughts.
- Sleep – if you over think too much, go to bed earlier. Also, listen to sleep delta waves (a lifesaver).
- Be healthy – eat well and work out when possible. As a result, you will feel a lot better in your mind and body.
- Breathing exercises – take deep breaths in and out for 7 seconds till you feel calmer.
- Relaxation training – tense each part of your body for 4 seconds head-to-toe.
- Seek support if needed – there is no shame in speaking to a medical professional. If you need support, contact your GP or local mental health support service asap.
- Realise it is okay to have bad days! – Give yourself a break and start again tomorrow.
If you incorporate the above, your anxiety should ease up. Learn to centre yourself when you get anxious and utilise breathing and relaxation exercises when needed.
What do you do to challenge your anxiety? Have you tried any of the above?
I am not a medical professional, this is advice based purely on personal experience