Lifestyle Changes to Help Ease Anxiety

Anxiety is something some people are lucky enough to only feel every once in awhile. Yet there are a surprising amount of people who live with anxiety daily. 21% of Americans between the age of 18-65 will be diagnosed with some for of anxiety in any given year. (That’s over 42 million people) Anxiety has many different forms, social anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder, post traumatic stress disorder, panic disorder and general anxiety. Here are some easy, every day changes you can do to help ease your anxiety!
A good 7-10 hours of sleep really does wonders for the body and mind. Some people have issues following asleep because of anxiety, a good way to stop this is about 2 hours before you wish to be asleep, turn off your phone, turn off the tv, put down the ipad. Shutting off electronics will help ease the mind, while scrolling through your social media pages you are being bombarded with thousands of new information you have to process, shutting these off helps calm the mind. Make a hot tea or drink warm water or milk if tea isn’t your thing. Get comfortable and settle in with a good book, or a puzzle, sudoku or even just turn some music on and focus on the songs. Immersing yourself in a task that requires you to focus on what you are doing instead of letting your mind wander will help relax you. After awhile you will feel tired, that is when you shut everything off and go to bed.
It’s important to set boundaries for yourself. For many people, their biggest stressor is their job. Now that is not always the case for some people, but it is good to step away and just not think about what you have to do or what you did and you hope it works. Leaving work and work gives you time to focus on your life outside of your work.
A big factor for feeling good is often what we eat. Especially in America where most of our foods are filled with processed chemicals and artificial sugars. Try and focus on fruits, vegetables, lean meats, and cutting portions. Try having 4-5 small meals a day instead of 3 large meals and a bunch of snacks. Keeping your body in a toxic state will not only make you feel exhausted and unhappy it will also mess with your sleeping schedule and your productivity. Focus on drinking lots of water and cutting our unnecessary snacks. A healthy you is a happy you! This goes along with starting to exercise as well. Staying active releases endorphins and gives you a happy feeling as well as reduces stress.
Social media can be a huge energy sucker. Besides being overloaded with different information at a rapid pace, you are also insulted with peoples opinions, negativity, personal issues and passive aggressive behaviors. People with anxiety have enough intense irrational thoughts running through their head, scrolling through social media will either make you sad that you can’t travel, aren’t rich, aren’t married…or convince you that the world is ending, you have some kind of deathly illness because you coughed yesterday and the flu is going around and people are ending up in the hospital, or make you think that your friends passive post is totally about you and now you aren’t sure why she is mad at you. Social media is great and all, but it is a time and energy hole that just sucks you in and makes you more paranoid or emotional than you already are.
Meditation isn’t for everyone, but people with anxiety really should give it a go. Meditation helps you focus on your breathing, a good thing for people who get anxiety attacks, and it helps you learn to calm your mind. See our previous mediation post here for good tips, tricks and a way to meditate with one of our Founders Rick Potts.
Anxiety is something serious, but something many can over come. You have to have the willpower and the desire to want to beat anxiety. Try to stop pleasing everyone, don’t live in fear, stop living in the past, stop putting yourself down, and really really really stop overthinking things! If you or someone you know has a undiagnosed anxiety disorder talk to a doctor and ask for a plan to recovery! This is something that can be beaten, and with new research into anxiety everyday it is becoming easier to do so. 
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