Self-care, exercise, eating clean, getting to sleep on time—while all these practices and more might go a long way in helping you manage your anxiety, they aren’t always easy to do on a regular basis. And that’s the worst thing about it!
Anxiety can sneak up on you and overwhelm you, despite your most sincere efforts. Often quite challenging to manage, anxiety drains you of your energy to think clearly or to feel good over the long term. So, while you may do exercise and chug some Gatorade or even a smoothie, trying to feel optimistic and gain energy, it doesn’t take long before you become aware of that negative voice in the back of your head, worrying you and causing further stress.
So how do you manage it, or at least cope with it? Here are some easy, practical methods that may help.
How to Cope with Anxiety
– Share With Someone Who Loves You
Anxiety affects more than 40 million people in the U.S. So, you can be sure that those around you will have experienced it themselves, or have been with someone who had anxiety. Instead of making isolating yourself, thinking no one will understand, share your thoughts with someone who loves you who you know you can trust. That can help you to feel less alone.
Unfortunately, you may lean on someone who can’t contain your feelings, and that may highten your anxiety levels further. Talk to your partner, your parent, your siblings, or your best friend. In short, speak to people who you know won’t judge you.
– Don’t Give Up on Coping Activities
Meditation and yoga have the unique ability to help people manage their anxiety and stress.
You’ll find plenty of effective yoga routines online for focus and productivity, for improving your self-esteem, for self-reflecting, and anxiety. Following those routines will give you the downtime to relax and disconnect. They’ll also give your body the time to heal from any anxiety-related physical symptoms. As a result, despite your anxiety, you’ll feel more relaxed and calmer.
– Write What You Can’t Say
You don’t have to be a gifted writer to be able to write down your thoughts. Grab your journal or your laptop, and start writing what you feel. It doesn’t need to be coherent, and it doesn’t need to make sense.
But all that’s running in your mind has to come out somehow. Write down as much as you can, especially those thoughts that keep you up at night. But don’t read them until you feel you can cope with the added stress. You don’t want to add to the situation.
When you are done writing down any troubling thoughts, make a list of everything in this moment that you are grateful for. It could simply start with gratitude for the fact that you are breathing or have a roof over your head.
– Give Yourself Some Thinking Time
Disconnect from the world and give yourself some time to think about the problem.
Approach it practically and logically, almost clinically. Write down what you’re worried about on paper, and start focusing on solutions—feeling worried about going to a party? Call and tell them you won’t be able to come. Don’t have the time to go grocery shopping? Order online instead without distractions. Need to talk to a family member? Schedule a call on a weekend early in the morning.
Also, take this time to write down the names of people who aren’t as supportive as you want. Often, it’s the toxic people in our lives who add to the issue. If direct, heart centered communication is not possible, you may choose to be straightforward and remove them from your life, or at least limit interaction.
It’s often the fear of what may be that causes more anxiety. Once you start sorting through the problems, the solutions become more evident.
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