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11 Ways to manage anxiety

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11 Ways to manage anxiety

Whatever it is that scares you, here are 11 ways to help you cope with your day-to-day fears and anxieties.

#1 Journaling

Write down your anxious thoughts. Getting them out of your mind and onto paper can reduce anxious feelings. It will also help you gain a perspective and process your thoughts by involving the logical parts of your brain.

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#2 Support

Create a list of people you can call or text when you are feeling anxious. Don’t be afraid to talk about your anxiety. A lot of people experience it on some level. Find friends that will be able to help you rationalize. Help break the stigma.

#3 Self Care

Taking care of yourself is one of the most important skills that can help manage anxiety. Find things to occupy your mind. Be the thing that calms you down. Focus on taking care of yourself in all ways. Fill your mind with powerful, positive thoughts.

4# Sleep

When anxious, your body needs additional sleep and rest. So, catch those Z’s. Anxiety can put a damper on your mood. Sleep can help you fight that funk. It’s important to get 8 hours of sleep per night.

#5 Exercise

Physical activity can help reduce stress and anxiety. Try breaking out for a brisk walk, run, or hike whenever you’re feeling anxious. Exercise helps you produce “good feeling chemicals.”

#6 Breathing

Practice breathing exercises to help slow down your anxious thoughts. Take a deep breath, put your hand over your heart and repeat, “I have the ability to feel calm, no matter my circumstances. I welcome peace into every cell of my body now.”

#7 Listen

Listen to light and positive music. Cue up your favorite song or podcast to shift your focus, improve your mood, and help you relax.

#8 Routine

Create a nourishing routine. Anxiety thrives on turbulence and uncertainty. I’ve found that coming up with a good routine helps eliminate a lot of it. If there’s something that’s triggering your anxiety, try scheduling it into your day/week. Then do your best to stick to it. Putting it off indefinitely only makes it worse.

#9 Rationalize

Anxiety likes to pull out the worst-case-scenario. Tell yourself over and over that it’s not going to be as you imagine. Focus on reality.

#10 Essential Oils

One mixture for a fragrance oil burner consists of 2 drops each of rose and lemon balm oil and 3 drops of lavender oil.

#11 Vitamin B6

B6 vitamins, along with B3, B12, Zinc, and Magnesium have been shown to reduce symptoms of anxiety.

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