You are halfway out of your apartment building with your bag and a half eaten jam-bread, and suddenly you realise you forgot your workplace ID. And, so begins the 20-minutes panic attack for the ID you swore was hanging on your key hook. You feel frustrated and frantic during your hunt for the ID. You memory seems foggy like your heart begins to either flatline or pound and your palms are sweaty. It’s another one of your many anxious mornings.
If you feel so anxious on a regular basis, for minor reasons, you must get some help. Talk to a professional for your anxiety, it can be a serious disorder. Apart from medical intervention there are a lot of options available to manage your daily anxiety.
Poor sleep quality has negative consequences. It not only affects your overall physical well being, it also increases the stress and anxiety. Aim for seven to nine hours of sleep time to deal with daily anxiety causing hassles.
Studies suggest that laughter can lower the symptoms of anxiety and depression. So, the next time you get anxious mid-work or during chores at home, take a break to giggle. You can watch funny cat videos or your favourite comedians clips on Youtube to calm your nerves.
Declutter your mind
Often your cluttered surroundings lead to your mind feeling cluttered. It makes you feel miserable. So, it’s best to take some time out to tidy up your workspace or your creative space. It will help you stay rational and make your work easier and free of anxiety.
Researchers have found that gratitude helps lower the anxiety especially when we’re well rested. You can start a gratitude journal or express your appreciation for the good things and people in your life.
Eat enough and right
Anxiety has enough hold over us to throw our bodies into a weird relation with food. You might either note a change in appetite or craving for several foods. It’s best to curb your cravings and to enjoy foods that are calming and good to stimulate serotonin.
Breathing is an excellent tool for prevention of panic attacks. Take deep long breaths to calm your brain down and rid yourself of anxiety. Breathing techniques help you brain relax.
Set up a vision board
If the future scares you, try to make it better. Create a vision board or a bullet plan to set up a path to achieve your objectives. If you are a artsy person, you can even create a vibrant e-vision board to dump your ideas in a graphic form.
Once in awhile, plan a week or two to truly disconnect from phones, TV, emails, news, and people who give your grief. It will boost your morale by lowering your stress levels.
All your anxieties of the day will go out the window once you start preparing for your day in advance. Establish a schedule, a to-do list and train yourself to become more productive come what may. Planning ahead can help ward off anxiety-causing difficulties.
Visualize positive outcomes
Take a moment to visualise positive outcomes of all your pursuits. It gives your the clear mental state to deal with your daily hassles. Guided imagery can lower stress too.
Aromatherapy is a great tool for numerous health issues. From migraine to insomnia, you can use some calming essential oils to diffuse into air and reduce the body’s issues. However, it is excellent for anxiety as it gives you mental clarity and lowers the tension in the body. Chamomile, anise and basil oils are good to sniff for anxiety.
Seek good company
A positive support group helps you stay calm and not react negatively to all things. Socializing produces the anxiety-reducing hormone called oxytocin in your body. So, the next time you feel like you are bottling up some anxiousness, call a friend for a quick chat or hang out with a bunch of your close friends.
In a perfect world, we wouldn’t be anxious or stressed. But we are only human and stress is a part and parcel of daily modern life. So when you have one of your daily freak outs, you can consider a few steps to calm your mind and relax your body. Also, don’t shy away from getting help from a professional.