At some point, anxiety and stress affect everyone. They can manifest differently in different people, and the level of anxiety one experiences can vary, but there is one thing for certain: there are ways to manage anxiety, even if it feels out of control.
Mental health experts define anxiety as worry over a threat that’s still in your future. Thinking about a conversation you dread, for example, could twist your stomach into knots days before it happens. Your heart may race before an exam or presentation.
It’s important to understand that stress isn’t the same as mental health disorders such as anxiety and depression, which require treatment from medical professionals. Although the tips below may relieve many types of stress, they may not help people with these conditions.
Find Some Quiet Time
Practice yoga, listen to music, meditate, get a massage, or learn relaxation techniques. Stepping back from the problem helps clear your head.
Eat Healthier Foods
Keep healthy, energy-boosting snacks on hand. Make sure to get a
Limit alcohol and caffeine
Alcohol and caffeine can aggravate anxiety and trigger panic attacks.
Get more sleep
When stressed, your body needs additional sleep and rest.
Exercise daily to help you feel good and maintain your health. Your body will naturally release feel-good hormones like endorphins and serotonin, which will boost your mood.
Talk to someone
Tell friends and family you’re feeling overwhelmed, and let them know how they can help you. Talk to a physician or therapist for professional help.
If you need extra help managing your stress, contact Dr. Tara Rasta today!
Our approach is to assess and correct the underlying neurostructural dysfunction contributing to anxiety and any other secondary conditions. This uniquely helps the nervous system better adapt to future stressors, decreasing the body’s tendency to develop anxiety in the future. When we get to the root of things, we can resolve challenges, leaving us free to pursue an amazing life.