We all battle some degree of anxiety, but to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA), anxiety conditions such as Generalized Anxiety Disorder constitute the most commonly suffered mental illnesses in America, affecting over 40 million Americans. Suffering from a surplus of anxiety can govern a person’s life, but luckily there are many remedies out there to help reduce worry and better manage an fretful mind.
Chat It Out
One way to keep anxiety in check is to visit a therapist to gain an objective, knowledgeable perspective. Anxiety can become an obstacle in relationships, getting adequate sleep, performing well at work or in school so it is very important to get it under control. A good therapist can radically reduce anxiety symptoms relatively quickly, allowing people to gain back control of their lives.
Unfortunately, some people ignorantly believe that visiting a psychologist means you’ve gone bananas, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. It can’t hurt anyone who is having a hard time to book a chat with a professional. Many find it freeing to talk to an objective observer about the things that stress and jostle them. Therapists can help refocus negative coping mechanisms like biting your nails or drinking to much, toward more positives ones. Therapy may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but it is worth a shot and can be monumental in re-adjusting one’s mental minefield by providing positive guidance.
Color me Happy
The concept of adult coloring may sound a little silly, but it really helps calm the minds of many. The Huffington Post claims, “Coloring has a de-stressing effect because when we focus on a particular activity, we focus on it and not on our worries.” Especially if you aren’t much of a drawer, it provides an avenue to create beautiful worry-melting framers just by keeping inside the lines. There is an array of adult coloring books available from book chains like Chapters or Barnes and Noble, many are specifically designed for anxiety and stress management. Coloring combined with music makes for an especially relaxing hour.
The Power of Touch
Multiple studies have been done on the topic of sex for decreasing stress and anxiety. One particular study was conducted on women that showed a drop in cortisol levels and heart rate (stress responses) after engaging in sex with their partner. There are many other types of touch that can be just as beneficial in lowering anxiety levels as well including massage, hugging, cuddling a person or a pet or having your hair played with.
Lifestyle Changes To Help Lower Anxiety
Sometimes helping your anxiety may only be a few lifestyle tweaks away. Well-managed mental health is often contingent upon maintaining a balanced wellbeing. Are you getting the recommended 7-9 hours of sleep nightly? Do you eat a healthy diet rich in fruit and veggies? Do you exercise regularly? It is important to shoot for a “yes” to all these questions. Exercise in particular is a huge stress and anxiety reliever as the body releases mood-boosting endorphins during a good workout.
Other Anxiety-Quelling Activities
Some other anxiety remedies that work for some people include:
- Socializing with positive friends
- Getting some sun and fresh air
- Practicing meditation
- Art therapy
- Music therapy - Listening to calming playlists or playing an instrument.
- Leisure driving.
- Watching uplifting, funny shows can get you chucking and distract from worry.
- Reading for pleasure can help calm a busy mind.
- Partaking in hobbies such as woodworking or knitting.
Last Word on Worries
All in all, when you feel like fighting or fleeing for no particular reason, just take a few deep breaths and go for a brisk winter walk or pick up your headphones, weights, guitar or pencils crayons. Everyone is different, so you may have to try a few tactics before you find a couple that are right for you. These are just a few of the hundreds of available stress-relieving activities you can partake in when you start to feel cortisol coursing your veins. Thanks for visiting EMC! Be sure to check back for more on this topic in the future.