Improve Your Anxiety
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Anxiety is something that can be crippling for some people, but even in less severe cases, it affects your life to some degree. Knowing what you can do to improve using methods that you can start right now will help to get your anxiety under control and give you some peace of mind. None of these methods promise to cure anxiety, but they can help to keep your anxiety levels reduced so that you are able to get through your days with fewer anxiety-related problems and interruptions.
Make Eating a Healthy Diet a Priority
What you eat has a lot to do with how you feel. When you are tired and not feeling well, you are naturally more prone to experiencing anxiety. Make sure that your diet is varied and that you are concentrating on eating mostly healthy foods. Approximately 90 percent of your diet should consist of the following:
While you can have a treat or two per week, you do not want to exceed this amount. Keep your sugars and unhealthy fats to a minimum. Talk to your doctor to determine how many calories you personally need per day to be healthy.
Sleep for an Average of Seven to Nine Hours Per Night
Sleep is one of the most important factors in keeping your anxiety under control because you are more likely to experience problems with your anxiety when you are exhausted. When you are getting adequate sleep, you are stronger emotionally and this can help you to keep your anxiety in check as well as reduce the intensity of the attacks when they do occur. Make it a point to create a sleep schedule that you can use seven days a week to ensure adequate rest.
Use a Variety of Relaxation Techniques Daily
Relaxation techniques are commonly used among people who suffer from anxiety because they work to keep you calm and focused. When you are calm, your anxiety is not as likely to get out of control and cause you to experience problems. The following relaxation techniques are things you can learn easily and start putting into practice today:
Pick one of these to start with and dedicate 15 minutes per day to using it. You can increase your time as you go along, as well as add additional relaxation techniques. Remember to go slow because you do not want to get overwhelmed with trying to make too many changes at once. Making one small change at a time that will benefit you will help you to get a handle on your anxiety.
Take an Hour Each Day for Physical Activity
Physical activity is one of the easiest ways to get your anxiety under control. When you are starting to feel anxious, get up and start moving around to help calm yourself down. Even something as simple as taking a walk can be beneficial to this process. You can also do things like gentle stretching or even something like house cleaning. The key is to do something physical that works to take your mind off of your anxiety. You also want to exercise on a daily basis, but you do not have to do it all at once. Just make sure your time adds up to one hour.
Make Sure to Laugh Every Day to Ease Your Mind
Your often hear that the best medicine is laughter and there is a good reason for this. When you laugh, you are releasing certain brain chemicals that are known for calming you and making you feel better and more positive. Read a funny comic, talk to a funny friends, read some jokes online or watch a funny television show or movie. Just find something that is going to make you laugh and enjoy it each day. If time is short, pick something that you can quickly see and get a laugh out of.
Start using these methods today and you will soon start to see your anxiety alleviating. It is important that you continue to use any medical treatments that you are currently prescribed and keep in close contact with your doctor. These serve as supplements to your current regimen so that you can gain some additional control over your symptoms. It is important to never abruptly stop any treatments that you are already using because this could actually cause your anxiety to get worse.
- Rosemary Kitchen