Beat that anxiety in a few simple ways
Ciara looks at simple practical ways to reduce anxiety
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Anxiety comes in many forms and can be a daily challenge for many people. While some people require more stronger methods such as medication to help their condition, this article is going to focus on a couple of small things you can add to your daily routine in order to help yourself.
It may come as a surprise, but tea can help you relax. While most types of tea do help, some types, such as green tea and chamomile tea, have been proven to really benefit and calm people’s nerves. Simply add some in a flask before you go out and set about your daily activities. Not everybody is a fan of tea, of course, but maybe it wouldn’t hurt to try.
Often our surroundings heavily tie in to what makes us anxious. Listening to music can prove a distraction and help us stay focused. Personally, I find this method especially helpful before an exam, or when it comes to public transport.
Try to surround yourself with people you feel comfortable with as often as possible. If you can, try and have a friend accompany you when walking places, or in any social situation where you’re worried about being alone. If you’re worried asking will bother them, don’t! It can be hard to trust your own judgement sometimes, but your friends do care about you and would be more than happy to support you.
Anxiety can often make us feel dissociated from our surroundings. Grounding techniques help us regain control of our own reality. One such technique involves relying on your senses, and suggests that you identify a number of things you can see, hear, smell and taste.
This one doesn’t work for everybody, but often setting aside a few minutes every day to reflect and practice breathing exercises and clear your mind can be beneficial. You can get apps for your phone to help you with this. Headspace is one app that is popular by helping you meditate for 10 minutes each day.
Do More of What You Love
Spend time doing things that make you happy, and make time for them. If you’ve got school or college work to do, of course be sure to get it done, but leave at least an hour or two aside for reading, video games, or whatever you like to do.
Change Your Mindset
This one is of course difficult, and it will be a challenge. However, giving yourself a push is probably the best thing you can do. I’d suggest starting by writing a couple of positive things about yourself in a notebook every day – even if you don’t necessarily believe them. When your mind starts wreaking havoc at the thought of a specific activity, try encouraging yourself that you can do it and that you will be fine. As I said, this will take quite a bit of getting used to, but don’t put yourself under any pressure and take things in baby steps. Eventually you’ll be able to manage to convince your anxiety not to leap to conclusions.