Too Stressed? 5 Ways to Reduce Anxiety

Too Stressed? 5 Ways to Reduce Anxiety

In today’s busy world it’s easy to get overwhelmed. There’s no time to slow down, and things often build up to a point where the stress becomes too much. Anxiety leads to panic attacks and other problems. For some, it can very hard to cope. You may feel powerless, like you have no control over what is happening in your life. However, there are ways to help manage the stress that causes anxiety. These 5 tips will help you get that feeling of being in control back again.


1) Take A Step Back

Take a moment for you. Take up yoga, meditation, or painting, any activity that you find calm and relaxing. Even just sitting by a peaceful lake for a while feeding the ducks, or reading in your favorite chair can be a good way to relax.

When the noise in your head is too much, taking a step back will help calm your mind. This way you can return to dealing with the issue later and not feel so overwhelmed.


2) Sleep It Off

Being tired makes anxiety worse. It’s hard to handle stress when your body needs rest. Getting a good night’s sleep will help give you the ability to process problems more easily and decrease feelings of anxiousness.

Try for 8 hours of sleep every night in a dark, cool, quiet room. Light and noise prevent you from getting to the stage of deep sleep that your body needs. If you’re a night-shift worker, try blackout curtains and turn down your thermostat a little. Turn off your phone and let people know that you cannot be disturbed. You’ll wake up feeling refreshed and have a clearer head.


3) Breathe Deep

Develop a coping mechanism for stressful situations. Close your eyes, take deep breaths, and count to 10. This is like a “pause mode” where you take a second before confronting an issue. Jumping into a situation too quickly or piling things on too fast adds to your anxiety.

Using a coping mechanism gives you time to sort out stressors and regroup before you get overwhelmed. It will decrease your stress level and prevent anxiety.


4) Look For A Pattern

What situations cause you the most anxiety?

Keep a journal to track the moments where you feel overly anxious. Look for patterns. Maybe it’s dealing with certain co-workers or certain situations at school. Write down everything that was happening with you felt the anxiety coming.

Once you know the things that are most likely to trigger your anxiety you can form a plan for dealing with these situations. You’ll be able to prepare yourself before anything happens. Take a moment or deep breathe ahead of time so that you feel ready to face it.


5) Talk It Out

Find someone you trust, a friend, family member, or mental health professional that you feel comfortable talking to when you’re anxious. Venting your feelings will help lessen your anxiety. Knowing that you are not alone will help you feel more calm and relaxed.

There are many ways to manage anxiety. Everyone is different. You may have to try a few techniques before you find what works for you. If you are feeling overwhelmed and have severe anxiety, talk to your doctor or mental health professional. Seeking help is sometimes the best answer to the problem.

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