Get up and move! By moving your body every day for at least 20 minutes, your stress levels can decrease up to 75%. Find an activity you enjoy participating in and make it a habit. Exercising increases blood flow to your whole body, strengthens your heart, and improves your circulation. It can also lower your blood pressure and triglyceride levels.
Sleep is a major factor in how humans function on a day to day basis. Without the appropriate amount of sleep, your body will go into distress. You will feel fatigued, have a lack of energy, become susceptible to health complications, and have a shift in mood. It is recommended to sleep between 7 to 8 hours each night. By doing so, your body is able to recharge and function at its fullest potential.
It is very common among people to spend most of their time worrying about matters they cannot control. Try and reduce the amount of time you spend worrying. Pick a time each day to worry. Call it a worry session! Within your worry session, do not dwell on the what ifs. Focus on what you can do as an individual to help reduce the stress that comes along with it. Write down your worries on a piece of paper and under each worry, try and come up with a solution on how you may be able to overcome it. Then close up your session by crumbling up that piece of paper and throw it away. Your worry session is over, try and not dwell on it for the rest of your day!
Take a deep breath and close your eyes. By taking deep breathes, you are sending a message to your brain that you are okay. Try taking multiple deep breathes for 30 seconds several times throughout your day or whenever you feel anxious. While taking these breathes, think of a happy memory that brings peace to you. Give it all of your attention and allow it to calm you.
Facing your Fears
Face your fears head on. The more you face your fears in your mind, the easier it will be to deal with them when/if they do happen. By doing so, you are prepared! It is a great feeling being prepared. Think through your fears and plan for them! It will decrease your anxiety tremendously.
Doing More for Others
Do something good for someone else. This could be for a family member, friend, or strangers. Helping others brings peace, knowing that you are able to make someone else smile and feel good! One random act of kindness each day will go a long way for your wellbeing. Big or small!
Look for Triggers
What sparks your anxiety? Recognize those triggers and look for those patterns. By noticing what triggers your anxiety, you are able to avoid them and/or confront them. Make the necessary changes that will help reduce that anxiety.
What do you like to do for fun? Notice what brings joy and happiness in your life and participate in it more often. Each day is a gift and by spending time each day doing what you love and having fun, you will be less stressed and less anxious.
Confide in Others
There is a feeling of relief when you are able to confide in others and let them know what is bothering you. Talking to others is good for letting go of emotions that build up inside. Find someone that you trust and confide in them with whatever is causing your anxiety and stress.