Anxiety can get the best of us, and we all deal with it. While it may be impossible to completely eliminate this from our lives, we can do some things that significantly can reduce what we experience. Since I have personally struggled with anxiety in previous years, I am going out of my way to cut it out this year. Keep reading to find out what I am doing, and what you can do too!
Face anxiety head on!
Anxiety can really force you to have a bad day. While you cannot shut of your mind, there are ways that you can at least minimize what you may be experiencing. Think about what is causing you stress, and think about what percentage of your life that is taking up. Usually this percentage is pretty small, but without taking that moment out of your life to think about it, you wouldn’t actually realize it. Unless you are facing immediate danger, the anxiety you are dealing with is usually just in your mind. Let that anxiety know who is boss, and deal with it before it turns into something worse! It is 2018, try and take control of your life.
Hit the gym (or anything!)
Exercise is known to really reduce stress and anxiety. While the whole “fitness” lifestyle is pretty new to me personally, I have noticed a difference in myself. I am generally happier, have more energy, and can’t recall the last thing that I was stressed about. I call that a win! The gym is not my cup of tea, so look up some workouts you can do at home. I love Blogilates, and Tone It Up for some fun workouts that I can do in the comfort of my own living room. Exercise is going to release endorphins which will naturally make you happier, and you will be able to work on your health at the same time. That seems like a win-win situation if I have ever heard of one.
Think before you act…
A lot of my anxiety comes from situations that I had chose. I can sometimes be pretty selfish, and that has really been a theme throughout my life. While I am getting older, thinking has become something that I do before I actually do anything. Is going to that bar worth the hangover? Am I actually going to wear those shoes? Should I tell my friend that I saw her boyfriend on Tinder? These are all things that I have been working on. Not only is this going to save you time (and money!), but it is also going to leave you with a pretty good internal feeling, and that is going to cut down on any external anxiety that may be coming your way. Think of it as making you a better person!
You would be surprised how much writing can help!
I am sure that you probably have awful memories of journaling, but things have changed. Not only is this a great way to log your memories for a later date, it is an amazing way to deal with your feelings. You can write down a letter to yourself, a letter to the world, or a letter to the event or object that may be the source of your anxiety. You can either use a physical journal, or you can just open up a word document on your computer. What works best for you is what you should use. There are also a ton of different journaling styles that you can use. I use a pretty standard way of journaling, but show your creativity!
You cannot out run anxiety, but you can travel for happiness!
Sometimes being at home is what really fuels my anxiety. I get into a routine, and that can sometimes bring me down. Especially this time of year! Find somewhere that you can travel to within two hours or so, and go visit for the day. While this may not be wild, it will get you out of town, and help to let your mind escape. If you are able to travel right now, then find somewhere you have always wanted to visit, and start planning your trip. Even the planning process is going to get you excited for your future plans, and that is going to release some endorphins too! Plus, who doesn’t love to travel?
Do you have any tricks that you use to beat anxiety?