5. Do Something Daily That Relaxes You
It is no secret that relaxation is awesome. Not the kind of relaxation that is mind-numbing, that isn’t relaxation, that is shutting off. Actively relaxing can recharge you to deal with the stresses that come with life. Meditation, walking, reading, painting, or yoga are active forms of relaxation. You have to think about what you are going to do next. Your imagination is activated.
Watching television is passive. I’m not the type of person that pretends to only do yoga and meditate. I’m a big movie buff! But by watching movies to relax, you don’t give your mind the opportunity to wander. And that’s the kind of relaxation that prepares you to deal with stressful situations. Here are some hobbies that can help you relax better than watching tv.
- Playing an instrument
6. Stop Procrastinating
Some people become anxious because a deadline is approaching and there isn’t enough time to do the task anymore. Let’s not kid ourselves… We’ve all procrastinated too much in our lives. Often there is more than one task that has been put off. We keep postponing what needs to be done and the tasks become a massive hurdle.
What was once a simple phonecall, becomes the most dreadful conversation because you need to explain why it took you so long to make the call. Ripping off the bandaid is the cure here. Feel the pain and learn from it. Don’t let your simple steps become hurdles again and take them sooner.
The trick to preventing procrastination is to break tasks down to simpler ones. Doing the laundry can be broken down into collecting the dirty clothes, placing them in the washing machine, turning it on, getting the clothes out and hanging them to dry. You will see that, oftentimes, you will do multiple of these steps after the other. And the first step is always the hardest, so make that one so easy you can’t NOT do it!
Looking for more ways about how you can stop an anxiety attack? Read 5 Things You Can Do To Overcome Depression And Anxiety Naturally
7. Drink Less Alcoholic Drinks
Alcohol messes with your bodily functions. In essence, alcohol is toxic. The liver can process alcohol to some amount, but everything over that amount will enter the bloodstream and that makes you feel drunk. Alcohol lowers your inhibitions making you more social and feel euphoric. But it also has many negative effects on the body. Some of them are:
- Dehydration of the body
- A decrease of liver functioning, toxins are processed worse
- Hypoglycemia, too little sugar in the blood
- Low functioning central nervous system
- Delayed reaction time
- It is addicting, with severe withdrawal effects.
- Vision problems
- Erectile disfunction
- Decreased inhibitions
- Short-term memory problems
- And many more…
Some people use alcohol to deal with anxiety, but you can imagine that while alcohol relaxes the body, the other side-effects only make you more anxious.
8. Maintain A Good Sleep Schedule
Going to bed at the same time each day isn’t only for children. There are a lot of people who toss and turn for at least an hour before they fall asleep. This is a classic symptom of a bad sleep schedule. Your body doesn’t know you want to go asleep, no matter how tired you are.
A consistent sleep schedule will help you reduce anxiety by removing uncertainty. Regularity will give your body the opportunity to prepare and increase the amount of work it can do while you sleep. You will wake up feeling more relaxed, more energetic, and with less anxiety throughout the day.
9. Keep A Daily Journal
Journaling has amazing benefits. You will remember daily events better, you can rediscover emotions and often give them a place. Furthermore, you are not being judged, you can draw, write, or doodle whatever you want. Therefore it is easy to put your thoughts on paper.