Managing your anxiety can sometimes feel like a full-time job. I’m not talking about that occasional knot in your stomach over a situation at work or at home. No, I mean that overwhelming fear, concern and worry that overtakes you and takes you from hopeful to helpless.
Luckily, there are some simple steps you can take to help get your anxiety under control, especially those times when you’re feeling the most vulnerable.
It may feel silly, but there is healing in getting those feelings “out”. Write down those anxious thoughts. Getting them out of your mind and onto paper can reduce anxious feelings.
Create a list of people who can help you through the struggle of anxiety. When anxiety is getting the best of you, ask yourself who can help challenge those thoughts and replace them when reality and hope. (And yes, a professional support through a counselor can help in this area as well.)
Taking care of yourself is one of the most important skills that can help manage your anxiety. Self care is what you implement to make yourself feel better. It can be anything, such as taking a nap, going for a run, eating well, spending time with friends and family, art, and the list can go on and on. Implement what self care works for you.
Catch those Z’s. Anxiety can deplete your energy. Sleep not only helps you to rest and recharge, but it helps to replace the energy you lost due to the anxious thoughts.
Physical activity helps reduce anxiety and stress. It allows you to exert the energy that’s used toward anxiety and stress, and instead place it into a healthy lifestyle. Try heading out for a brisk walk, jog or run when you’re feeling anxious.
Yes, breathing really does help. Practice breathing exercises to help slow down anxious thoughts.
Find a great Spotify or Apple playlist to help you relax. Put your earbuds in or headphones on, close your eyes, and relax.
While these tips can help bring your anxiety down, it doesn’t mean they’ll always go away. Don’t be hard on yourself if you can’t make your anxiety go away completely. It’s okay to ask for help.