We all have been there; we get nervous or anxious about things like speaking in public, before making an important decision or while going through an emotional turmoil. It’s normal! It is our body’s natural response; a kind of alarm that goes off when it feels threatened or while facing a challenging situation. But sometimes the emotion becomes so forceful and persistent that it turns into anxiety and takes over our lives. When fears and worries become so overwhelming that they interfere with our lives is when we should be concerned. But with certain treatments and self-help strategies, anxiety disorders can be effectively treated and prevented. This blog post talks about the little things that we can adopt to make a huge difference in keeping anxiety at bay.
Yoga and Meditation
Yoga and meditation are increasingly being accepted as an effective treatment for anxiety disorders. Studies show that just 15 minutes of meditation and yoga every morning can help reduce stress and increase positive energy in the mind and body. Both yoga and meditation are considered to be a natural way to overcome our deep rooted fears. It calms down the nervous system, lowers heart rate, eases the mind and relaxes the body.
Indulge in what makes you happy
Although nobody can force himself to experience pleasure, still indulging in things that make you happy can help redirect your mind. It can be your old hobby or a sport you enjoy. You can also just lie on your couch and listen to your favorite music or watch a great comedy sit-com like “Friends” to relax and laugh out all your fears and worries.
One way of lessening anxiety is staying connected to your family and friends. Share your worries and fears with someone you think understands your emotions. Also disengage with those who cause stress. Try to put as many people and things as possible between yourself and the reason behind your worries. Find some personal time to spend with your loved ones and also make sure you take out some “me” time to pamper yourself with the things you love the most.
Write off your worries
This may sound a little childish, but it is a proven technique to reduce stress. Take a pen and paper and write down all your fears and worries. Better yet, start writing in a journal everyday and you will witness a considerable reduction in your stress and anxiety levels. Writing will almost be like clearing the mind and emptying it of all the negative thoughts that cause worries.
Staying up late at night or lack of sleep will only feed your inner worries, leading to more and more anxiety. A peaceful sleep of 7-8 hours helps to properly relax your mind and body. Use a bed wedge to make sure you obtain a sound sleep, which is an integral part of optimizing the overall fitness.
Making these little changes in your daily routine will go a long way in preventing and treating anxiety disorders.
Thank you for your insightful post Janice!
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