5 WAYS TO MANAGE ANXIETY
Anxiety can be defined as a fear-based mental state, normally felt as a discomforting emotional state accompanied with physical sensations in the body.
Anxiety is one of the most common mental health disorders in Britain with up to 7.8% of people meeting criteria for diagnosis according to The Mental Health Foundation. Living with anxiety can be very difficult, but there are steps you can take that might help.
Here a 5 simple actions you can take to alleviate the impact of anxiety in your life:
1. Talk To Someone You Trust
Talking to someone you trust about what's making you anxious could be a relief. It may be that just having someone listen to you and show they care can help in itself.
2. Focus On Finding The Deeper Problem
It can be really hard to stop worrying when you have anxiety. It can be helpful to try different ways of addressing these worries. For example, you could:
- Set aside a specific time to focus on your worries – so you can reassure yourself you haven't forgotten to think about them. Some people find it helps to set a timer.
- Write down your worries and keep them in a particular place – for example, you could write them in a notebook, or on pieces of paper you put in an envelope or jar.
3. Re-Connect To Your Body
Look for natural ways to control the panic and anxiety, including meditation, exercise, breathing exercises, mindfulness and diet. Yoga, meditation, aromatherapy and massage are all types of complementary therapy that can help you get out of your head and allow you to reconnect with your body.
4. EAT TO BALANCE YOUR BLOOD SUGARS
Hunger and hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) are primitive signals known to set off the stress response in a person. In people who are predisposed, anxiety and depression can be common segues to this stress response. Triggered by drops and fluctuations in blood sugar, anxiety, and depression can manifest in people who are very sensitive and can become chronic if food intake isn’t consistent. Eating a balanced healthy diet that is low in refined sugar and processed carbs is one practical step you can take to managing your ability to cope with stress and overwhelm.
5. Invest in Rest
Studies show sleep deprivation to be one of the primary contributors to anxiety problems, depression, and other psychiatric disorders. Sleep appears to be very important for emotional regulation and processing. Set up a consistent, relaxing routine before bed. This trains your brain to recognise that it is time to wind down, making it easier for you to fall asleep. Avoid napping during the day, which interferes with your body’s clock. Set up your nightly relaxation routine and stick to a consistent sleep schedule, and your quality of sleep will improve