Certain events in everyday life such as rising electricity bills, loan premiums, hiked tuition fees, deadlines at work etc. put many of us to worry. Anxiety is your body’s natural response to stress and danger. We all tend to get extremely worried and feel anxious from time to time as a normal reaction to stressful situations. However, at times we experience extreme fear and worry that does not subside easily. Being extremely worried about everyday issues can impact our day to day activities and may also show effects on mental and physical health. While it’s not possible to completely eliminate stress and anxiety from life, we can surely take some measure to prevent it from taking charge of our life. Here are some simple and easy lifestyle habits that can help to keep anxiety away.
Practice Deep Breathing
When you get extremely worried, you may have increase heart rate and experience shortness of breath. To avoid further physical consequences, try to calm down and take a deep breath. Practice deep breathing for about 1 minute at a time and repeat this for 10-15 times at situations that make you feel very anxious. E.g. before appearing for an interview, before hearing your test reports etc.
Don’t Hesitate to Laugh Out Loud
Laughing is a great way to release your tensions. Find a moment to laugh out loud. You may choose to watch funny movies, talk to someone or read comic books when you feel extremely worried about some situations.
Consuming alcohol seems like an easy option to release your worries. But, alcohol intake is an extremely unhealthy means of stress release, which shows its effect only for a limited period. Therefore, try and limit consumption of alcoholic beverages.
Getting enough sleep can improve your mental health and help you to better manage your anxiety. Read why do you need sleep?
There is no specific diet plan that can help you when you are extremely worried. However, it is important to consume a healthy diet for overall physical and mental health. Make sure you include lot of fresh fruits and vegetables in your meals. Consumption of fish that is rich in omega-3 fatty acids has been reported to improve mental health.
Consider Going for Aromatherapy Massage
Aromatherapy massage is performed using essential oils obtained from medicinal herbs. The oils reach the blood circulation during massage and create mental calmness and provide relief from stress and anxiety. Aromatherapy massage with essential oils can stimulate the release of brain chemicals such as serotonin and dopamine which regulate mood and reduce anxiety.6 Simple Ways to Manage AnxietyMarch 23, 2015April 12, 2017