When anxiety strikes, it’s easy to let it quickly get out of control. While therapy is an important part of getting help for your anxiety, here are a things you can do to manage your anxiety levels at home.
Remember to Breathe
It seems silly to remind yourself to breathe, but when anxiety starts rising, your breath is often the first thing to go. When you’re anxious, your heart rate rises and your breathing becomes shallow, worsening the problem. By taking deep, slow breaths, you slow your heart rate and can even lower your anxiety levels.
Too little sleep, an unhealthy diet and a lack of exercise can all exacerbate anxiety and stress. Getting enough sleep will help you keep your mind focused throughout the day, while properly fueling your body with a healthy, balanced diet will keep your energy steady. Exercising is not only good for your body, but helps produce stress-reducing hormones, as well.
Take A Break
If you find yourself in a situation that’s making you anxious, take a step back. Listen to your favorite song, exercise or meditate. Focus on doing something you love and that makes you feel good.
Find Your Triggers
Knowing what specifically makes you anxious is an important part of managing your anxiety. Even if you can’t avoid your triggers entirely, you can make a plan for how to handle them so that when they do come up, you don’t have a panic attack. Pay close attention to what’s going on when you feel your anxiety rising.
Oftentimes, it’s really hard to manage anxiety alone. That’s okay. You don’t have to. You can talk to a trusted friend or family member if you’re having a tough day. If your anxiety feels unmanageable or out of control, or even if it doesn’t, seeking professional help is a great option. There are lots of great options, from in-person counselors to online help. If you’re struggling, visit our website and give us a call today.