Things you can do to reduce your anxiety level
When facing a difficult or uncomfortable situations, we often feel anxious as a natural response.
Some of the situations that trigger anxiety can be a tough job or college interview, traveling to a new location, public speaking, fear of the unknown, and more.
These anxious situations can create physical and emotional symptoms which include shortness of breath, tension in the body, lack of concentration, restlessness, headaches, insomnia, and more.
Here are some of the things that can help in reducing your anxiety level.
Mindful practices like meditation train your brain to stay in the moment and help eliminate worries and concerns. The goal is to quiet your mind by stretching, breathing deep and slow breaths, and focusing your mind on one thought or idea for a set time period.
2. Drink some herbal tea.
Sipping on herbal remedies like lavender and chamomile tea helps reduce anxiety levels because it relaxes your blood vessels and smoothes your muscle fibers. Make sure you only stick to decaffeinated beverages, otherwise you could actually increase your anxiety.
3. Write in a journal.
Take all of the anxieties and stresses that exist in your body and mind and put them down on paper. It’s always better to get everything out than hold it in and let it fester. Plus, you never know what kind of stories or ideas you might come up with.
Your brain releases endorphins when your body is being physically stimulated from things like exercise. Endorphins essentially act as sedatives and help to eliminate anxieties and stressful feelings. So, exert yourself.
5. Remove yourself from the situation making you anxious.
One of the best ways to get rid of anxious feelings is to go straight to the source. If you’re in a position to exit the situation at hand that’s making you feel uneasy, then do so. Feeling better can be as easy as removing yourself.
6. Talk to a friend.
Even if you’re not looking for advice, talking things out with a friend and expressing your feelings out loud can help you come to terms with the anxiety and get things off your chest.
7. Listen to calming music.
Listening to music can help distract you from other pains and anxieties you’re experiencing. In turn, this decreases your awareness around your feelings of anxiety and helps relax your mind. Choose a song or artist that relaxes you and press play.
8. Create a happy place.
And go there in your mind when you’re feeling stressed or anxious. Everyone could use an escape from time to time, and having a designated place in your mind comes in handy when your reality is ridden with anxiety.
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