6 tips on managing anxiety Lifestyle / 26.07.16 / 0 Comments / location: London

How to overcome Anxiety

We all experience anxiety at some point in our lives. Those who have ever suffered from it know that it affects you not only emotionally, but physically as well. Anxiety affects different people in different ways. Common symptoms include rapid breathing, sweating, dizziness, panic attacks, over-worrying, feelings of restlessness and expecting the worst outcome. The good news is that there are a number of approaches we can explore to help us deal with anxiety, many of which are lifestyle changes. Below, I have listed some that I have tried personally, and which have worked wonders for me. It’s important to remember that the simple things can make the biggest difference.

Using stress management techniques: I began by addressing what was causing the problem. After that, I tried one method at a time to find out which worked best for me. I hope you find the tips below helpful.

Don’t worry be happy:

Consistent worrying can impact our mood and create unwanted emotions, making us feel unhappy, depressed and anxious. Thinking about what tomorrow holds can overwhelm us; what once seemed like a brief concern can escalate, taking over our day leaving us confused and drained, impacting not only the way we feel about the world around us but about ourselves. I have found striving to stay in the moment and embracing the present has helped me capture every opportunity life brings and find peace in what it doesn’t. Being in control and feeling consistently happy isn’t possible. Life is about finding an emotional balance and taking each day as it comes. Trying to figure things out before they have happened can make you feel worse and sink deeper into your thoughts. So, when I start worrying, I ask myself one question: ‘What’s is the worst that can happen?’ and I invariably find the result isn’t as bad as I thought. Taking a step back and figuring out the causes can be so helpful.

Exercise:

When we exercise, our body releases a chemical called endorphins which does wonders for our mood. Taking part in an enjoyable physical activity can help relieve stress, reduce anxiety and lift depression.
When I don’t exercise, I feel more tired and stressed and struggle to sleep. Exercise really help’s me de-stress. one of my favorite exercises is Yoga by adreian – she has so many videos to choose from. Her routines are super relaxing, focus on deep breathing.

How to overcome Anxiety exercise

Talking:

Sharing your feelings will make you feel so much better. Speaking about your fears can bring us great ease. I’m a very private person, especially when it comes to my emotions. However, I found trusting more and speaking out really helped me.

Meditation:

I’ve never been a spiritual person and always dismissed the idea of meditation. I couldn’t imagine myself doing it and was confused by its concept and what it meant. This was until I read Arianna Huffington’s book Thrive. She spoke beautifully about how meditation isn’t just about enlightenment and how mindfulness can help us become healthier and happier. I started by downloading the App Head Space which comes with 10 free 10 minute guided sessions. I couldn’t believe how simple and easy it was to put into practice. I found that meditating before I go to bed works best for me, as I sleep much better and feel so relaxed.
Scientific research has shown that meditation is not only an effective treatment for stress, anxiety and depression, but can also help us age well, enhance our relationships and improve concentration levels. WIN WIN WIN….!

Dealing with Anxiety

Reading:

Reading is a great de-stressing tool, however it does require time and not all of us have that. I recently started listening to audio books. The Audible app has so many amazing books to choose from. I love listening to it when I’m shopping or on the train.

Follow your passions:

Life can be very demanding, so making time for yourself and what makes you happy is important. I always wanted to learn photography, but could never find the time. I now dedicate two hours a week to practice.

what methods have you tried? i would love to hear your tips, please comment below.

Deep Breaths,

Kyra x

Photo Credit: Marta Sputo & Me

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