Whether you have a diagnosed anxiety issue or not, anxiety is something which many of us face on a daily basis and it is important that we learn to know what it feels like and how we can reduce it. In our daily lives we face massive amounts of stress and worries which can ultimately lead us to feel more anxious, less able to deal with stress, a little bit foggy in the mind and usually you can also lack energy and desire to do very much. I spoke to the brilliant Dr. Tom Malibenco about this, a man who specializes in helping to treat and help people with anxiety issues, and here are some of the tips which he recommends to his patients who are struggling with some anxiety.
Social media is not a good tool for those who are suffering with anxiety issues and it is something which should be avoided altogether until you feel better. Social media is awash with people who are giving fake accounts of their real lives, because of the fact that it is difficult for us to separate the facts from the fiction it can be easy to start feeling hard on yourself because you are not what those people are or you are not what the ‘internet’ thinks that you should be.
Meditation is a highly effective tool for anyone who is struggling from anxiety issues and just 30 minutes per day can be enough to help you get back in control of your mind and your life. When you meditate there is no secret science to it, you simply need to sit comfortably, close your eyes and focus on your breathing, how your body feels and what thoughts enter your head. The meditation process is about arranging your thoughts and being in more control, it is not about banishing thoughts, but rather helping your brain to deal with them.
Another really simple way to help reduce your anxiety is through exercise, as much or as little as you can manage. When we exercise our body produces and releases feel good chemicals called endorphins, these chemicals race around the body and give us that buzz that we get after exercise. If you are looking to feel a bit better about yourself then exercise is the perfect way to do so and it can help you to feel stronger and more empowered.
Don’t be afraid to talk to your nearest and dearest about how you are feeling, if you bottle it up inside then it own’t get any better at all. Speaking about your feelings of anxiety can be a great way to relieve the burden and feel better going forward. You just need someone who will listen to you without judgement, if you have that then you have a great way in which you can help yourself to lower your levels of anxiety.