Most people experience anxiety at certain times during their lives. An anxiety disorder can be crippling and take some time to overcome. Still, everyone who experiences anxiety, regardless of the severity, can find ways to cope with their anxiety so that it does not paralyze them in living their lives. According to Calm Clinic, everyone has an anxiety coping mechanism built into their brains. However, when a person uses unhealthy means to cope with anxiety (such as avoidance, drugs, alcohol, gambling, or reckless behaviors), that coping mechanism is overridden. There are several healthy ways to cope with your anxiety. Even if you suffer from anxiety disorder, these coping mechanisms will help you be able to function in your daily life while you work on eliminating your anxiety.
· Exercise. Exercise is one of the best things you can do to reduce your level of anxiety. According to Calm Clinic , you improve hormone imbalance and release neurotransmitters that enhance mood and improve breathing.
· Healthy Diet. By eating a healthy, nutritious diet, your body will feel better. This will automatically spill over and make your feel better mentally and emotionally. You may also find that you are not as hard on yourself when you are actively trying to move toward better health and wellness.
· Get enough sleep. One’s sleeping habits can have a direct effect on how a person feels during the day. When a person is well-rested, it is easier to cope with everyday challenges. However, if a person is exhausted and tired, increased anxiety can be the end result. Getting restful (adults should get 7 to 9 hours per night) sleep is a game changer! There are so many recent studies that show how getting improved, restful sleep, reduces anxiety.
· Journaling. Journaling is a great way to release any negative thoughts and put them on paper. It helps relieve your brain from being overloaded with worry or anxiety. Write them down, then work to identify some positive thoughts that counter the negative ones. For example, writing down a thought about "not feeling like you are good enough at work" could be challenged by writing down "I can learn, I am capable of learning." Journaling will help you monitor your self-talk.
· Create memories. Creating new and happy memories is also a good way to relieve anxiety. It can be difficult for those with severe anxiety, but if one can create new and happy memories, it is a very helpful tool. Work on seeking out joy and doing activities that you find rejuvenating. For example, scrolling through social media may drain your energy and leave you feeling more negatively about your self. Instead, schedule activities that bring you joy and fill you with energy, happiness and fulfillment.
· Distractions. When a person can distract themselves from negative thoughts, it can help their anxiety. Call a friend and discuss only positive things, share what you are grateful for in your life. Watch a funny movie. Read a book. Work in the yard. Do whatever it is that is a healthy distraction from your negative thoughts. When it's time, confront your negative thoughts with a counselor or trusted loved one.
Tools for coping with anxiety can be very beneficial in helping you live your everyday life. Try adding the above recommendations as part of your new-year resolutions. However, if you find that you need more help, do not hesitate to contact a compassionate professional counselor, one who specializes in treating anxiety. Contact Liz at eSupport Counseling to discuss your desire to get help! #esupportcounseling #counselorshelp #anxietyhelp