Anxiety is one of the worst emotions you can feel. Whether you’re diagnosed with anxiety as a mental illness or you find yourself living an anxious life, it doesn’t just involve a palpitating heart or being consumed by your darkest thoughts. Anxiety isn’t just being worried and fearful about what the outcome of your life is going to be. Anxiety isn’t just simply being unreasonable with your emotions. For some, anxiety is a mental condition they have to live with everyday.
On this note, there are some things you can do to ease your anxiety, whether or not you’re diagnosed with it or it’s just something you constantly feel.
Breathe. I know it sounds so basic, but when you’re consumed by your anxiety, the best thing you can do for yourself is breathe. There’s a breathing technique that helps people specifically in anxious situations. The technique involves breathing in for 4 seconds, holding your breath for 7 seconds and then exhaling for 8 seconds. Afterwards, just keep repeating this breathing technique until your heart goes back to normal. Anxiety makes our hearts run faster than normal and it can lead to us having a panic attack, which is why breathing is the best thing to do.
Being physically active. Working out or being physically attack is the best ways to manage your anxiety and other negative emotions, according to research. Physical activity is a known way to release endorphins and dopamine, which are all hormones that make you feel good. When you feel good about yourself, it puts you in a relatively good mood which is enough to fight off your anxieties.
Have an anxiety journal. Writing all your thoughts down, no matter how much negativity there may be, is sometimes all the therapy you need, The recommendable thing to do is write down all your fears and anxieties in one portion of your journal, and then write down the facts on the other side of your journal. Doing this activity helps you see the difference between your fears and the reality of the situation.
Oftentimes, we have the most irrational thoughts and fears that are far from reality but we don’t realize it at the time. By writing the two aspects down, you’d be able to distinguish one from the other.
In conclusion, these are just some ways to help manage your anxiety better. Anxiety is never easy to deal with, especially your own. However, it doesn’t mean it’s the end of the world. There are still some activities you can do as self-care activities in managing your anxiety better. It may never get easier, but you do get better at dealing with it.