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We live in a world with everything available to us instantly,
we have entertainment 24/7 and whatever information we need at our fingertips.
Everything we could ever want is right in front of us yet
anxiety is at all time high. What triggers it?
It is usually the build up of smaller stressful life situations, like a relationship break up, moving house, ongoing financial struggles or an impending big event.
Anxiety can be caused by a variety of things: stress, genetics, brain chemistry, traumatic events, or environmental factors.
Symptoms can be reduced with anti-anxiety medication. But even with medication, people may still experience some anxiety or even panic attacks.
Here’re some ways to alleviate anxiety:
If you’re feeling stressed, moving your body on a consistent basis may help.
Many other studies have shown that engaging in physical activity helps reduce stress levels and improve mood, while sedentary behavior may lead to increased stress, poor mood, and sleep disturbances.
If you’re currently inactive, start with gentle activities such as walking or biking. Choosing an activity that you enjoy may help increase your chances of sticking to it in the long term.
2. Follow a healthy diet
Minimizing your intake of highly processed foods and drinks, eating more whole foods such as vegetables, fruits, beans, fish, nuts, and seeds can help ensure that your body is properly nourished.
3. Minimise screen time
Smartphones, computers, and tablets are an unavoidable part of everyday life for many people.
While these devices are often necessary, using them too often may increase stress levels.
A number of studies have linked excessive smartphone use and “iPhone addiction” with increased levels of stress and mental health and sleep disorders
4 Take supplements
Several vitamins and minerals play an important role in your body’s stress response and mood regulation. As such, a deficiency in one or more nutrients may affect your mental health and ability to cope with stress.
5. Practice self care
Taking time for yourself is essential in order to live a healthy life.
It doesn’t have to be elaborate or complicated. It simply means tending to your well-being and happiness.
- going for a walk outside
- taking a bath
- lighting candles
- reading a good book
- preparing a healthy meal
- stretching before bed
- getting a massage
- practicing a hobby
- using a diffuser with calming scents
6. Reduce your caffeine intake
Caffeine is a chemical found in coffee, tea, chocolate, and energy drinks that stimulates your central nervous system.
Consuming too much may worsen and increase feelings of anxiety
7. Learn to say no
Taking control over your personal life may help reduce stress and protect your mental health.
One way to do this may be to say “no” more often. This is especially true if you find yourself taking on more than you can handle, because juggling many responsibilities may leave you feeling overwhelmed.
Being selective about what you take on — and saying “no” to things plus, creating boundaries — especially with people who add to your stress levels — is a healthy way to protect your well-being.
This can be as simple as asking a friend or family member not to visit or canceling standing plans with a friend who tends to create drama.
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