Going through life with stress and anxiety is not fun. If you’re anything like me, it has probably taken over your life so much that it’s ruined opportunities, friendships and other things along the way. Here are a few ways that I like to deal with my anxiety issues. These may work for you and they may not, but I find that they help.
- Breathe. Okay, I know you’re already breathing, but consciously control your breathing. In through your nose and out through your mouth. Slowly. This will help lower your heart rate and calm you down.
- Get active. Walk, run or exercise. Getting active will help relieve some stress in your life. Even a simple 15 minute workout each morning before going about your day will do wonders for your anxiety.
- Drink water regularly. I mentioned in my previous post that drinking more water will help you feel better. By the way, don’t drink alcohol or caffeine. Alcoholic or caffeinated beverages can potentially cause panic attacks if you don’t have control over your anxiety and stress.
- Try to be positive. This is going to be the most difficult thing to do when you’re anxious or stressed. I have a hard time with this, too, but maintaining a positive outlook can help alleviate some of the anxiety from your life.
- Sleep. Stress and anxiety in your life will mess with your sleep patterns. If you notice yourself losing sleep or getting fewer than 7 hours of sleep each night, then you might want to change your sleeping habits to allow for more sleep. Sleep is a natural stress reducer and less sleep can cause you to be more irritable and stressed out.
- Chill out. Will your anxiety help the issue you’re dealing with? Probably not. Will the situation you’re going through have any severe ramifications in a week? A month? A year? Probably not. Know that you will probably not be able to directly deal with whatever is stressing you out. So, like Mr. Freeze said, “Alright everyone, chill.”
- Delta binaural beats. This is a bit of a strange method of relieving stress, but this was recommended by a friend and it’s worked well for me over the past year. There are many free “binaural beats” apps out there, so download one and try to find a calming or “delta” tone. It would be best if you are at home when listening, I’ve experienced an extremely sleepy feeling when listening to these sound waves. Be sure to use headphones and make sure you are free of distractions.
Breath deeply, go for a jog and chill out with binaural beats while drinking a nice tall glass of water. Know – don’t think – know that everything will be okay. Things probably won’t get better in a few minutes, days or weeks, but know that they eventually will.
Disclaimer: I am not a physician or psychologist. I am a blogger and these are my opinions only. If you wish to try my methods, please do so at your own risk.