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We live busy lives and sometimes, our mental health takes a backseat. We often feel overworked, not adequately rested, or even low on motivation or energy, which leads to feeling anxious. Sometimes we know why we feel differently and other times we are left pondering. It is entirely natural to get nervous about a significant event or a shift in life. Anxiousness or Anxiety can sometimes be an overpowering emotion at times and you may feel like you’re losing control. But anxiety is simply your body reacting to stress, and just like any other feeling this too can be overcome. There are a number of ways you may want to address and overcome stress and anxiety; for instance, with changes in lifestyle, such as eating a well-balanced diet, limiting alcohol and caffeine, and taking time for yourself.
Being cognizant of your mental wellbeing is crucial; it helps in identifying your mental health status and equips us with apt responses and reactions throughout the day.
If you ever feel like you need a break or that you’re not in the best frame of mind, take mindful steps to address it. Try these steps to relax your mind and regain control of your thoughts.
1. Take a break and think about the present moment
Allow yourself to acknowledge that you’re not feeling your best. Allowing yourself to admit and express your emotions is the first step to overcoming them. Take a break from what you’re doing and channelize your thoughts. Go outside- even if it’s just for a few minutes. The fresh air will help you relax. A change of view can sometimes be a huge mood booster.
2. Listen to music
The next time you feel anxious, grab some head plugs and tune in to your playlist. Listening to music can have a very calming effect on your body and mind. It helps improve a person’s well-being. It is an alternative to other types of therapy. Try listening to meditation music or even your favorite motivational speaker. Tuning out of the hustle-bustle of daily life and transporting your mind to a calmer environment can be soothing and uplifting.
3. Take a walk or exercise
When you’re anxious or irritated, it can feel like every muscle in your body is stiff. Go for a walk. Walking outdoors in the fresh air can also improve your well-being as it lowers stress hormones. Practicing yoga or another form of exercise at home is another option. Exercise and other physical activities produce endorphins that act as natural painkillers — and improve the ability to sleep, reducing stress. Did you know? – walking barefoot on grass is known to be additionally beneficial and rejuvenating.
4. Drink plenty of water
Not consuming sufficient water can sometimes put us in a foul state of mind. Dehydration is never good but it can be worse for those undergoing tension or worry, as it may trigger an anxiety attack. Take a few minutes to relax and drink a glass of water and see if you feel better.
Low blood sugar can make you feel anxious. Try eating something easy to digest, like a fruit, followed by a well-balanced meal with protein, carbs, and vegetables.
5. Write down your thoughts
When you feel anxious, it may seem all the more overpowering if you can’t seem to lay a finger on what’s causing the anxiousness. You could be having a nice time with loved ones around and still feel worried, not knowing why. Practice writing down your thoughts. Writing helps as it is an effective way to explore how you feel. Many times, talking may seem laborious; that’s when writing helps even more.
Maintain a journal. It is a healthy way to deal with your emotions and can help overcome stress. Alternatively, it also keeps a record of all the good times you’d have experienced, thus helping you to look forward to more such experiences.
6. Talk to a loved one
If you feel anxious and are unable to control your emotions, speak to someone you trust. Talking to friends or your loved ones can help. They might be able to offer an alternative perspective to your questions. But more than anything else, having someone to speak to and have their undivided attention can be soothing; talking to someone who cares for you will make you feel less alone and thus restore your confidence in yourself to overcome the anxiousness.
7. Take a shower
A hot shower or a bath with salts is excellent for relaxing your muscles, which can also help relax your mind. Use essential oils. A fragrance like lavender is known for its calming properties. Keep a small bottle of lavender oil for the scent. Over time, you’ll feel relaxed with the scent, making it even more effective. Remember to pamper yourself from time to time and look after yourself. You are your priority.
There’s no immediate fix to many things in life. Our experiences are our teachers and we become better through it. The same applies to what we go through in our day-to-day lives. Anytime you feel anxious, take deep breaths and focus on yourself. Follow the above-mentioned steps to address your emotions. Reach out for help if you feel the need and you’ll find that overcoming this emotion is possible.
So don’t stop trying to find ways that work for you. Put yourself first.