You have anxiety and have likely lived with it all your life. I understand completely. That’s because I’ve been struggling with this condition for as long as I can remember.
Here are 10 little things you can do each day to stay calm. You might think some of them are stupid. Fine. Try them anyway. What have you got to lose?
- When you wake up in the morning and your mind starts leafing through your “to-do” list, take a deep breath. Focus your attention on the moment. Using your five senses, identify what is happening around you. This can help ease your obsession and remove any anxiety you may be feeling.
- Find some quick humor by visiting a fun Facebook meme page or browsing a newspaper comic. There are even apps you can download to have fun. The point is to laugh and get out of your head.
- Practice gratitude by finding something to be thankful for. It could be friendship, health, or just an extra can of soup in the cupboard. This will help you focus on the positives rather than the negatives.
- Complete one task at a time. Don’t allow yourself to play multitasking. Not only will it make your anxiety worse, but research shows that most of us aren’t very good at it.
- Resist your anxiety by doing something productive. This could be scrubbing the sink or washing the floor. Pretending you don’t feel anxious only makes things worse. Do something constructive with this energy that will benefit you in the long run.
- Carry apples with you. The difficult truth about living with anxiety is eating nervous. In many cases, this means reaching for what is ahead (even if it is unhealthy). If you’re going to grab a bite to eat, why not eat something healthy? Apples are great because they provide the body with fiber and vitamin C in the mouth that are crunchy.
- Put money into your piggy bank every day. This can help you feel that you are doing something with financial stress; frequent source of anxiety. It can be $ 1.00 or $ 10.00. The amount does not matter. What matters is the peace of mind you gain knowing that you are saving.
- Get moving. It could be something simple, such as a walk around the block or fast rompers. You don’t have to start your routine in the gym (although it doesn’t hurt). By becoming more physically active, you are giving all the energy you carry to discharge.
- If you are drinking coffee, try drinking only one cup. Better yet, switch to 50/50. Sure, you can go decaf, but that might feel like a punishment. The idea is to reduce the number of stimulants you put into your body. Think about it. You’re already turned on – do you really need to step it up?
- Don’t be ashamed of your fear – learn to accept it instead. Shame does nothing but make you feel worse. Additionally, it strengthens anxiety. By accepting that this is something you live with, the anxiety subsides.
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Yes, it’s difficult living with anxiety. I understand this all too well. That’s why you need to find the joy in your day, and do what you can to manage in healthy ways. Hopefully, one or more of the tips will help you on your journey.
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