Anxiety is something we all have to deal with at some point in our lives. Job interviews, exams and awaiting medical test results are all part of life and can cause varying degrees of stress and anxiety for most people.
For some, however, anxiety isn’t just triggered by a particular event. Instead it can impact their daily life. In addition to feeling restless or worried on an almost constant basis, a person with anxiety may have trouble concentrating or sleeping. In particularly bad cases, he or she may experience dizziness or heart palpitations.
Dealing with anxiety may be difficult, but it can be done. Here are some tips for how to do so without resorting to the use of medication.
1. Talk to someone about your fears and worries. Confiding in a trusted friend or a relative can help alleviate your anxiety, and he or she may even help you find a solution to your problem.
2. Exercise more often. Not only will physical activity help take your mind off of whatever is causing your unease but it also releases endorphins, which are nature’s own happy drug. This will naturally make you feel better and help you combat your anxiety.
3. Take a break and some deep breaths. If you begin to feel yourself becoming fretful, try and relax. Don’t become anxious about your anxiety. Stop what you’re doing, stand back and breathe deeply. If possible, leave whatever you were working on when you began to feel nervous and don’t come back to until you feel more relaxed and ready to deal with it.
4. Keep a journal. This can help you identify the cause of your anxiety if you’re not sure what it is. Journaling can also be a good coping mechanism. Make a note of your thoughts and feelings through the day. Writing can be an alternative to speaking to someone if you would rather keep your emotions private.
5. Don’t try to be perfect. It’s easy to worry about what others think of you, whether it’s about how you perform at work or in school or what you choose for your hobbies. What’s important is to always give your best and not let setbacks get you down. Anxiety is a normal part of life, and it’s important to remember that no matter what you do, the occasional bad days are inevitable.
These five tips are designed to help you cope with mild anxiety. However, if your anxiety becomes overwhelming, you may need to seek the help of a doctor for treatment.