3 Tips For Managing Anxiety Symptoms On A Daily Basis

Posted on: 10 January 2018

People who struggle with anxiety know that it can affect your daily life. You may have trouble sleeping, difficulty controlling your eating habits, and trouble concentrating or enjoying tasks you used to enjoy because of pressing worry. With the help of doctors and counselors, you can be on track to live normally without the constant anxiety dictating your ability to handle life's stresses. 

In addition to getting medicines and mental health support, there are some things you can do each day to help manage symptoms of anxiety

1. Set a sleep schedule.

Getting enough sleeping can be a challenge when you have anxiety. You may wake up in the middle of the night unable to get back to sleep, or you may have trouble falling asleep. A sleep schedule helps to reduce the severity of loss of rest by giving yourself set times to prepare for and go to bed.

For example, if you are strict about putting yourself to bed at 9 PM each night, your body naturally starts to become tired. Before bed, you help to improve your sleep quality by turning off computers and phones and dimming the lights. Spend some time reading or meditating to help clam or distract your mind from worry. 

If you do wake up in the middle of the night, resist the urge to get on your phone. Instead, try reading or meditating again to help bring back feelings of tiredness.

Wake up at the same time each day. 

2. Spend some time each day doing something you enjoy.

Finding things you actively enjoy can be a challenge, but the process of doing something you enjoy helps to release feel good chemicals in your brain. Your might try exercising (even walking outdoors can fill your cup and help you regain a sense of calm clarity), take an art class, or start doing photography. You might make a quilt a join a book club. These activities fulfill you, but they also occupy your mind and help you create something you can be proud of. Try to avoid spending time watching shows and movies to pass your free time.

3. Choose healthier foods.

Healthier eating can be a hard thing for people with anxiety. Food can be a comfort for people, and eating some forms of food can help feelings of anxiety go away. But, over the course of time, heath problems from poor diet choices will only add to your stress. A healthy body can support a healthier mind. 


Getting The Help I Needed

After spending my entire life suffering with almost debilitating anxiety, I realized it might be time to see the doctor. I was medicated almost immediately, but my doctors explained that a few pills might not be enough. They enrolled me in counseling, and I started working with a therapist the next day. It was amazing the difference that it made. My counselor took the time to help me through my problems, and within a few weeks I felt at peace. My blog is all about the benefits of counseling, so that you can experience the life-changing results of this much-needed therapy.

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