“Every single day I am left exhausted. It is ruining my life,” is often what I hear from people suffering from anxiety. The constant gut-wrenching feeling leaves them on edge, and their minds never get a moment of rest. Anyone who has experienced anxiety for brief periods of time knows how it directly affects the mind and body. You are worried about everything, and then you worry even more about worrying. It becomes an everyday chore that has no breaks. It doesn’t always have to be that way. Here are five ways to cope with out of control anxiety.
As anxiety builds, it can lead to panic attacks, and breathing is a natural way to calm your body down. When your brain starts adding up the problems and the pressure builds, take a moment to breathe deeply. With each breath, think of a peaceful place. The stressful thoughts will fade away, and your mind will be cleared. Do this breathing routine as often as you need to; it is healthy to fill your lungs completely.
When your body is not getting the sleep it needs, it becomes vulnerable to illness and anxiety. I am sure you are probably rolling your eyes at the thought of sleep; every person with anxiety knows nighttime is the prime time to let your mind worry. While it might be hard to fall asleep, letting the body and mind rest will give you strength to battle anxiety during the day. To avoid insomnia caused from stress, begin every night with the same routine; get dressed, brush your teeth, write in a journal, and do a few minutes of breathing exercises. Do not get on any electronics or read stressful articles, e-mails, or texts. The light from electronics tricks the brain into believing it is not night and may inhibit serotonin production.
Hypnotherapy can work wonders for anxiety, and it is something you can do on your own from home. There are several phone applications and YouTube videos that are available for free that you can listen to during the day or before bed. The music is very peaceful, but breathing deeply while listening to the words is an amazing way to leave your stresses behind. When I have experienced anxiety in my life, I have had great success with listening to hypnotherapy tracks before bed.
With the online world so readily available no matter where you are, anxiety can be triggered at any moment. Take an hour out of your day to get outside away from electronics. Leave your phone inside, and spend some time walking, breathing, and enjoying nature. This sense of freedom is empowering and is an easy way to work through periods of anxiety.
One of the best ways to fight anxiety is with a positive attitude. Being thankful for everything you have can tame stressors and bring them down to a manageable level. Writing is one of those ways you can express feelings and highlight positives. Every night, or even during the day, write down the things that are causing you anxiety. Get it all out on paper. Once it is there, begin writing down things you are thankful for. As the list grows, you will begin to see that no matter what everything will be alright. Life is a gift, and you can enjoy it by managing your anxiety and not letting it control you.