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How to Walk Away From Anxiety

By Sandy Schroeder

If you are feeling more and more anxious, it may be time to take steps to relieve your worries and fears. When I am worried, I wake up with those thoughts, carry them along all day, and still think about them when I go to bed. It's like living in a cloud that just refuses to lift.

When I take care of myself and make the effort to deal with my anxiety, everything feels better. The sun comes out and I find myself laughing more and letting little things go.

Here are some of the things MindBodyGreen.com suggests to put anxiety to rest..

Feed your body well - Add some extra veggies and buy more of your favorite fruits. Call some friends and fix some of your favorite healthy suppers. Then just sit around and enjoy the evening. Break out some old movies or just sit around and sing or play games.

Smooth out the daily wrinkles - Take the time to eliminate little annoyances and add a few treats. Skip unnecessary errands and consider taking the afternoon off or plan a special getaway weekend. Let yourself breathe a little.

Try a few simple meditations - Take 10 minutes in the morning and 10 in the evening to just sit quietly and reflect. Let your thoughts flow and then think of one thing that you are grateful for. As these meditations become a habit you may feel your worries lifting and your mind clearing.

Let yoga ease your mind and your body - If you have never tried yoga, you may be amazed at how much it does for stress. The minute I settle onto my mat I can feel my tension letting go. After an hour of focused movement, I find I have let go of many of the daily demands.

Get moving and keep going - A short walk in the morning, or the evening, or a workout after work may help you let go of some of your anxiety. Researchers now believe exercise is one of the healthiest prescriptions we can use. It protects the heart, tones the body, and lifts the spirit. The minute I step out the door my mind stops spinning so fast. As I enjoy the breeze and the trees, everything begins to look better. Make a commitment to get at least 30 minutes of outdoor exercise every day. Walk, run, jog, or hit the courts. Whatever makes exercise fun for you.Don't be surprised if your worries drop back too.

If you are still feeling anxious, see your doctor for a referral to a therapist to work through some of the issues.

To learn more about your health, wellness and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Chicago, Ill.

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