Are you feeling stressed out lately? If you experience signs and symptoms of anxiety or, worse, feeling of depression, do not hesitate to speak to a medical professional. Treatment with medication or therapy, or a combination of both, can cure anxiety symptoms.
However, it’s also worth trying to make a few lifestyle changes and adopt healthier practices in easing the stress and anxiety you might be feeling.
- Cut Down On Caffeine Consumption
One of the first things to do to help reduce anxiety is to limit your caffeine intake. For the same reason it provides energy, caffeine also makes you feel jumpy. If it seems impossible to quit coffee, consider making subtle changes to your consumption. For instance, you can limit the number of cups you take in a day. If you usually take breaks during work hours for some coffee, consider having green tea or taking a walk instead.
- Exercise Regularly
Exercise is great for so many things, including reducing stress and anxiety. The important thing here is to keep it regular, so you’ll feel the benefits of getting your heart pumping. Although it may sound counter-intuitive to get your heart working hard, exercising burns off excess adrenaline and stimulates production of endorphins—the body’s ‘feel good’ hormones.
- Avoid Alcohol
Drinking alcohol affects brain activity by inducing initial state of calmness, but turns to disorganized thought later on. Also, heavy alcohol consumption can cause life problems (relationship problems and financial problems, for example) that can cause more anxiety. In fact, drinking away your worries may only be adding to the stress and anxiety you’re already experiencing.
- Pump Up the Music
Music is a powerful tool to shift your mood. It can sympathize with you, lifts your spirit, and capture our thoughts and feeling. Listening to upbeat music is an effective way to reduce stress and anxiety. You know that feeling when you hear your jam in the radio? That’s what you get with good music. Bring an MP3 with you or have your own mood-lifting playlist on your phone, so you’ll have easy access to feel-good tunes whenever, wherever.
- Eat Healthily
We do not always expect that the food we eat affects our mood, but they do. While it’s okay to give in to cravings once in a while to lift your spirit, an unhealthy diet filled with high fat and processed food can aggravate anxiety symptoms later on. After granting yourself that slice of chocolate cake, stick to a wholesome diet of fruits, vegetables, grains, and lean proteins.
There are many things you can control when it comes to managing your anxiety. Although it could feel like there’s very little you can do about it, you can start by making small changes in your lifestyle to make things a little easier. If you think you’re experiencing anxiety symptoms, consider these tips and see a doctor for professional assistance.