3 Awesome Tips for Fighting Anxiety
By Genevieve Cunningham
Everyone gets a bit anxious from time to time. It can be normal, depending on the situation, to have the butterflies in the stomach or that nervous sensation take over your mind and body. But what’s not normal is having that feeling all of the time. Anxiety seems to have hit our society harder than ever, and as a result, many are turning to lifelong medications or are living with a problem that creates an unhappy life. While some instances of anxiety definitely need professional help, milder cases may be handled through more natural means. If anxiety gets the best of you on occasion, take a look at these awesome tips for beating it.
Clean Your Living and Working Spaces
When anxiety hits, even small messes contribute to the mess going on in the mind. Because anxiety tends to make us feel out of control, it can help to regain a sense of control in life, and one of the best ways to do this is by literally cleaning up the space around you. Place any items lying about in their proper locations. File away any loose papers. Wipe away any dust, dirt, or grime. Taking control of physical surroundings, even on a small scale, can sometimes ease the mind’s feeling of being far out of control in life.
We never technically stop thinking, but you can deliberately put your worrisome thoughts on hold. If a certain problem has caused the spike in anxiety, give yourself a break from it. Take a day trip somewhere beautiful and relaxing. Engage your mind in your favorite hobby or activity. Get lost in a book. These mental breaks don’t completely take our minds away from the problem at hand … the problem will still be processing in the background. But giving your mind a little space allows it to rest from the worry and allows the anxiety to subside.
Slow Down, But Stay Busy
Anxiety is a strange animal. It sometimes attacks at the height of the busyness of life, and other times it seems to attack when there’s not enough to do and our minds take over the lull. When the feeling arises, try to slow down but still stay busy. This calms the body because of the physical pace, but it still engages the mind so that anxiety doesn’t have the opportunity to take completely over. Activities that are slow and busy might include a walk in nature, a soothing jog, a calming yoga class, or cooking your favorite meal.
Anxiety is a growing problem for adults today. Perhaps it’s the lives that we lead or the instant access that we rely on in today’s world. Either way, it’s a problem that we don’t have to and shouldn’t live with on a daily basis. If anxiety is creeping into your life, try these three awesome tricks to handle it, and if need be, seek the help of a professional so that you can live your best life yet.
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