Ways to help Stop Anxiety and Stress

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As humans, we often feel overwhelmed to do everything! Whether that be an endless to-do lists to get through the week or the longest list of events we had our hearts set on attending, we attempt to undertake the seemingly impossible. 

I wanted to carry on the theme of Self-Care (see previous post) so as a kind of follow up I wanted to talk about Anxiety and Stress. I am the kind of person who is anxious from the second I wake up to the minute I fall asleep at night, there’s always something I have anxiety about and at the moment that is going back to school… 

I’ve always wondered how other people tackle their anxiety and continue to move forward in a healthy way, so I researched some ways to help with anxiety and stress so here goes…

ACCEPT


When our stress levels are at an all-time high, it is vital to educate yourself on the physical and psychological of anxiety. It is a good idea to try and adopt the “this too shall pass” mentality.

There’s no denying how uncomfortable and unbearable our body’s reaction to stress can be. We can, nevertheless, treat that feeling of anxiety by first accepting that it is there and then by recognising it as a sign for us to slow down and relax.

BREATHE


When we are anxious, our heart rates rise. In fact, it can sometimes feel like your heart may leap out of your chest. The most effective ways to lower your anxiety quickly is to lower your heart rate. You can do this by:

  • Finding a comfortable sitting position
  • Placing one hand over your belly and the other over your chest
  • Taking a deep breath through your nose without moving your chest 
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EXERCISE


Preferably, everyone should be getting around 30 minutes of exercise 5 times a week. Exercise has been found to helps reduce anxiety levels and I have to say it helps me a lot. Physical activity releases endorphins– which are chemicals in our brain that act as natural pain killers. Endorphins help lessen the signs caused by stress and nervousness.

SLEEP


Sleep patterns can usually be disturbed when we become overwhelmed. A symptom of this could be that you sleeping more or are sleeping less. On average humans should be sleeping approximately six to eight hours a night to function efficiently the next day. Ways you can improve the amount and quality of your sleep is by:
  • Reducing your caffeine intake after 6 pm can help you sleep better
  • Running a warm bath to relax before sleeping
  • Removing screen time while you are in bed – I personally find this hard!

PREPARE


When stressed, we are automatically drawn to not engage with tasks and put them on the limbo. Instead of doing this, it is important to continue tackling whatever it is that you need to do by doing it a little by little on a daily/regular basis.

Whether it an approaching meeting or an exam, being prepared for the events can help lower your anxiety levels drastically. On that note, it is also just as important to take time for yourself but you need to find a healthy balance of the two. 

Remember: You can only tackle so much when you’re not aware of your own personal needs.


*Please note: if you or someone you know is suffering from anxiety, please seek or tell them seek advice from a doctor. 

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