Managing Anxiety and Stress

Managing Anxiety and Stress

Life is stressful for nearly everyone. Whether you’re worried about work, family life, money, time, or for various other reasons, it’s easy to feel anxious and stressed. Modern life is very stressful and demanding. Unfortunately, all of this stress isn’t good for your health.

Here are a few tips for managing anxiety and stress.

Learn to Say No

A lot of anxiety comes from being overwhelmed by obligations and responsibilities. While some certainly need to be attended to no matter what, there may be some stressors that you can learn to say no to. You don’t need to attend every social function. You don’t have to help with every event or do every favour that is asked of you. If you feel that you are taking on more than you can handle, give yourself permission to say no.

Exercise

Exercise helps reduce stress in a number of ways. It lowers stress hormones, improves your self-image, gives you time to focus and slow down, and it also helps you sleep better at night. If you’re feeling anxious, try to work out.

Get More Sleep

Speaking of sleep, not getting enough sleep can lead to anxiety. Of course, stress and anxiety may be the reason you’re unable to get a full night’s sleep in the first place. To help improve your sleep, make sure you have a regular bedtime¬†routine, that you go to sleep and wake up at the same time every day, and that you avoid TVs, phones, and other screens right before bed.

Cut Caffeine

Too much caffeine doesn’t just make it more difficult to sleep, but it can also make you feel jittery or nervous. Each person has their own caffeine threshold, so some people will experience negative symptoms much earlier than others. If you find yourself very stressed or anxious, try to cut back on coffee and sodas that contain caffeine.

Spend Time with Loved Ones

Not only is being with those you care about enjoyable and fun, but spending time with friends and family can also help you feel supported and cared for, which reduces stress. Having close friends and family members can also increase your feelings of self-worth, which will reduce your stress levels.

Put Your Phone Away

Our phones are stressful. In theory, they are supposed to allow us to get up from our desks and live life away from work, but in reality they can also chain us to work and other responsibilities 24/7. If you’re checking email at all hours, you never truly get a break. This is very stressful. For at least part of the day, turn off notifications on your phone, and put it in the other room.

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