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We all suffer from anxiety from time to time. When stress becomes too much, anxiety creeps in. However, when anxiety begins to affect your everyday life, it has truly taken over. Now, you can’t do anything without worrying. Even the smallest things will set your brain racing, and other people will think you’re mad for overblowing everything. How do I know this? I suffer from anxiety. So, I’m here to bring you a list of ways to try and treat that issue before it becomes an even bigger one.
Set A Specific ‘Worry Time’
You might have heard of this strategy before. When anxiety is prevalent, it takes over your mind all-day everyday. The best way to ensure this doesn’t happen is to set aside a specific amount of time to worry. When thoughts creep in during the day, you can set them aside for later, and worry about them in the evening. You’re going to have to be fairly strong-minded to do this, but keep at it, and your mind will adapt to the idea over time.
Get Enough Sleep
Your anxiety isn’t going to be helped by working long hours and failing to get adequate rest. Make sure you’re sleeping well and taking short naps if you need to. Your brain needs that rest to ensure it can work at maximum efficiency. It’s very common for anxious thoughts to creep in if you don’t allow it that basic need.
Exercise & Eat Well
As well as getting enough sleep, you also need to exercise and eat healthily. Exercise will help you to feel more positive, and it’ll make sure you stay healthy and don’t become lazy. Eating well will result in the same effects, making you feel better about yourself and working as a natural deterrent to anxiety. If you aren’t taking care of yourself, it’s going to take longer to beat anxiety.
There are numerous medications available on the market for treating anxiety. Talk to your doctor if you’ve found something that you want to take, or simply ask for their recommendations. For example, you could use a very safe nootropic supplement to help reduce the effects. Make sure you always consult a medical professional before taking anything to ensure you’re fit to do so.
There are all sorts of therapies available for people who suffer from anxiety. I can’t tell you which kind is the best kind, as different people respond to different treatments! The most common way to treat anxiety is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, which you’ll find being offered in a variety of locations. It might just be the key for you to change the way your mind works. For me, it wasn’t overly helpful. Do your research about the different types of therapy and find one that works for you.
Tell Your Brain “No”
When anxious thoughts creep into my mind, I’ve developed a technique of simply forcing them out. For example, when sitting on a plane, my mind instantly convinces itself that we’re going to crash. My heart races and the fight or flight response kicks in. This used to be a massive problem for me, and it still is to a degree. However, by telling my brain “no, I’m not going to think this way,” I’ve developed a technique of blocking that thought out. As soon as it creeps in, I force my mind to stay “no”, and I instantly think of something else instead. It’s amazing how well it works.
One of the worst things you can do when suffering from anxiety is to lock yourself away and never see anyone. If you’re constantly lying on the sofa watching movies, you’re allowing your mind to drift off. You want to make sure you’re constantly doing something to take your mind off bad thoughts. Go and see your friends and family! Attend local entertainment events! You might even want to volunteer in your spare time! Whatever you do, don’t let yourself become bored, or your anxiety will creep in.
Anxious thoughts lead to negative feelings of worry and despair. You need to train your brain to remain positive. Even when things aren’t going so well, a positive mind will give you the tools needed to turn the situation around and fight the anxiety. Just like any other disease, you’ve got to be willing to fight it if you ever want it to get better. Stay positive, and you’ll be just fine.
Can anxiety be fully cured? I don’t know. All I know is that by putting plans in place, I’ve managed to make sure my anxiety is much more manageable than it ever used to be. I wish you the best of luck!