While some anxiety is not a bad thing, like feeling anxious before an exam. You don't want it to take over. If you don't stop feeling anxious after the exam, then you may want to bring in some stress reduction strategies to your life.
Research has found that about 40 million Americans live with an anxiety disorder. This is more than the occasional anxiety or fear. This is when the anxiety doesn't stop. This can affect your sleep, and also your focus. If it goes untreated, it can affect your health.
It's important to look at treating your anxiety disorder with talk therapy and medication. But, everyone can benefit from other ways to reduce the stress and anxiety in their life.You need to take a look at your lifestyle. You need to eat a balanced diet, limit alcohol and caffeine, and take time for yourself.
Here are five strategies to help calm your anxiety:
This is a question I get a lot in my practice. Unfortunately, people are more stressed out these days than ever. I know you feel like you can't slow down. But, if you don't your body and your mind will eventually give out.
This can show up as physical problems or emotional problems. You may feel like you can't stop, even for 5-10 minutes. If you feel this way, then the stress in your life is taking over. If you don't stop now, it will get worse.
This question keeps going through your mind. It's actually a good thing that you are asking this question.
Here are 10 simple tips to help you reduce your stress level:
Do you feel like your mind is always going? Are you always a few steps ahead? If you answered yes, then you are stressed out. It's easy to feel like you can't do something about this. I have worked with a lot of people over the years that suffer from anxiety. But, you actually can reduce the stress in your life. You have more control than you think.
You are not a machine. You can't go and go. If you don't slow down, your body and mind will eventually shut down. Then, you will suffer physical symptoms like headaches and stomach aches. You will also feel anxious or even depressed.
More and more people are reporting feeling stressed out. It's important that you keep your stress level down. If you don't it will lead to burn out. This is when you don't enjoy the life that you have, and you feel overwhelmed. It can also feel like things keep getting worse.
You want to start by appreciating the small things. Like a roof over your head and food on the table. It may sound obvious, but it's easy to get caught up in the rat race and forget what is truly important.
You may be thinking you have so much on your plate, how is it even possible? If you feel this way, you aren't alone. Start with the small stuff. Exercise is a great way to reduce stress. You can add a few more steps into your day by parking further away from the office building that you work at, or when you go to the grocery store. Small steps lead to big steps. Get up 10 minutes early and do some yoga. Take the dog for a walk, or play outside with your children.
Reducing stress isn't only good for your emotional and physical health, it is also good for your relationship.
I know that you know, you need to exercise. So, why aren’t you? Do you feel you already have enough on your plate, and there just aren’t enough hours in the day to fit in exercise? Maybe, you are just tired of hearing it. But, you have to admit you feel much better when you exercise.
You live in a world where most of the time you are sitting down at work. Unless, you are fortunate enough to work outdoors and be able to move around. It’s easy to get stuck at your desk and lose track of time.
Exercise can be a 20 minute walk. That means walking 10 minutes in one direction, then you have to walk 10 minutes back. It’s also helpful if you can get outside and get some natural light. Your body needs some Vitamin D, as well.
If you want to take it a little further, join a gym. Go to an exercise class. Try yoga, it’s great for the mind and body connection. You could also hire a trainer. This will help with accountability. You really can’t beat the endorphin high you get from exercise. Make sure to schedule it at a time, that you know you will do it.
This means you need to make it a habit in your…