Anxiety is no small thing – it’s a serious issue that can cause long-term negative effects on a person’s health and well-being. Over time, chronic anxiety can damage your sense of yourself, your relationships, career, and family.
Regardless of age, social status, and educational background, most people will likely have some kind of anxiety at some point in their life. Fortunately, there are many well-known techniques on how to manage anxiety. Here are some of them:
- Talk to someone you trust.
One of the common reasons you could become anxious is worry about what could happen next. Because of this uncertainty, you try to calculate what your next move “should” be in certain situations. You may then undergo a never-ending cycle of worrying too much. Talking to someone you trust can help you steer away from this direction and catch this process before anxiety takes over too much. If you think anxiety might be starting to take over your thoughts and actions, call someone whose judgement you trust and tell them a little about the struggle you have been going through. Sharing some of your worries in this way can do wonders for your mental health – it can be surprising just how much tension can be released after a simple conversation!
- Spend time to move your body.
Exercise is the key to live a healthy life. Along with a healthy diet, regular exercise can improve your health and wellness. The benefits of exercise are already well-known to many people – but are you aware that exercise also plays an essential role in your mental health? Regular exercise can ease any feelings of anxiety and improve your well-being. The best kind of exercise to choose is something that appeals to you, feels good, and suits your preferences. It needs to be something you can enjoy for its own sake, so that you can easily stick to it. You’ll find it easier to work out regularly if you actually love what you’re doing.
- Pay attention to sleep.
Sleep is your way’s body of recharging. When you’re able to have good quality sleep for seven to eight hours every night, you’ll find new vigor to fulfill your responsibilities for the next day. Your mental health can also benefit from getting enough sleep regularly. When you sleep soundly, you are more easily able to let go of your worries and start the day with a clearer mind. Because of this, getting enough sleep should always be on top of your to-do list. If your anxiety keeps you up at night, just remind yourself that most things are not as worrying in the light of the next day. Create a sleep schedule and stick to it.
- Look for triggers.
It’s difficult to solve a problem if you don’t know what causes it. One of the simplest ways you can manage your anxiety is by looking for triggers. Think of the situations or locations where you notice yourself becoming too anxious. You can even write them down if you want. Carefully study these patterns and work on ways to avoid or confront these things. This technique will help put all of your worries into better perspective, so you know how to handle them moving forward.
Be willing to get professional help
All of the tips presented in this article can assist you to keep anxiety at bay, before it gets too out of hand. Most of these tips can be practiced anytime and anywhere and don’t cost any money. However, if anxiety remains a problem for you, don’t put up with it. Seeking professional help is a sensible move to stop the problem before it gets too ingrained in your daily habits of thinking. Whichever way you choose to do it, it is wise to nip unhelpful thinking patterns in the bud, and combat your anxiety so you can continue living life to the fullest.
Petra Phipps is a Psychotherapist at Open Sky Psychology. For an appointment with Petra or one of our other practitioners, visit the Our Team page or call 1300 296 641.