You don’t have to look far to find something that makes you anxious. On the personal side, you may be trying to get a job, have bills piled up to the sky, or have a rent increase that sends you reeling. It doesn’t help to watch the news on television, and the current administration in Washington leaves a lot to be desired.
Anxiety is different for each person. You may have trouble breathing, a racing heart, flush skin, or chest pain. Of course you can always make a doctor’s appointment and it is good to rule out any physical problems that might cause you anxiety. You can also practice some lifestyle changes on your own that can make a big difference. Here are four things you can do to reduce anxiety:
Talk About Your Greatest Fear
What is one thing that scares you so much you go into a panic just thinking about it? Talk to a good friend and exaggerate the fear as much as you can. For example, if you were giving a speech, you tripped on the rug as you made your way to the stage. Then, once you’re ready to start, you can’t find your notes, and are tongue-tied and not sure how to proceed.
Once you finish your speech, you trip over your shoelaces and fall into someone’s lap on the way back to your seat. As you talk, you may begin to start laughing, because the whole scenario is so absurd. So the point is you have thought of the worst things that can happen, and you can get through it.
Shift Your Focus
I realize this is easier said than done, but if you keep concentrating on your fears, that is all you can think about and you will feel more anxious. Get your nails done, take a walk, or listen to a soothing audio tape. In a relaxed state, it is easier to figure out a solution to your problems.
Reduce Caffeine Intake
Caffeine is a stimulant and can make your anxiety worse. This doesn’t mean you can’t do the 50-yard- dash to Starbucks™ for your morning coffee, but drink that cup and then start drinking water. Water will keep you hydrated, which means you’ll feel better, and ready to face the day.
Exercise will give you more energy, and let you get some fresh air. It also reduces your stress levels. As a nice bonus, it also burns up some extra calories, and that is one of the benefits that I like.
Ride your bike to work, hit the gym before work, walk with a buddy on work breaks, or join a yoga class. You might need to leave some extra time so you can shower before you put on your work clothes.
Everyone experiences anxiety at some point in their lives. You don’t have to let it rule your life. Follow these easy tips and you may want to try out some solutions of your own.
This is an audio hypnosis session I have found really helpful. You’ll learn breathing techniques you can use anytime you feel anxiety coming on.