5 Tips for Fighting Stress and Anxiety

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Stress and anxiety cause so many health problems, so it is worth discussing how you can manage them effectively to avoid consequence. Stress and anxiety are natural responses that have physical and mental effects on the body. At one time, they helped keep people alive (think running away from a lion, or gathering food before winter), but in modern society, they tend to wreak havoc on our wellness if not controlled. Prolonged stress and anxiety can cause high blood pressure, heart issues, weight gain, and even sleeping trouble/insomnia. Here are some simple tips to help you stay worry-free and mentally well!

Curb the Clutter

A cluttered room, workspace, or vehicle can significantly add to your stress levels and already-full plate. So take a few minutes to clean things up, get rid of what you don’t need, and organize. This will put your mind at ease, and create a pleasant environment where you can be productive and efficient.

Be Grateful

Expressing gratitude is surprisingly one of the best ways to lower your anxiety and get back to the present moment. Research even shows that keeping a gratitude journal or listing five things you are thankful for each morning can help put “problems” in to perspective, and restore focus on what really matters most.

Silence is Golden

When is the last time you just enjoyed a moment of peace and quiet? Having complete silence to be alone with your thoughts for a few minutes can help you clear your head and breathe easier. Eliminating external stimuli and distraction even for a small moment of the day will keep you centered and focused.

Make Sleep a Priority

Lack of sleep makes the bad things worse and the great things just good. Accordingly, lack of sleep will raise the effects of stress and anxiety, and cause you to experience them to an even greater extent. Stop this before it starts by establishing a consistent sleep schedule and routine, and don’t make it optional!

Eat Well

Eating a diet rich in healthy and whole foods is key to staying physically and mentally well. Went you make good food choices, you fuel your body with the stuff it craves, allowing it to function to its max potential. When you do not eat nutrient rich foods, your body is deprived of the vitamins and essential stuff it needs to thrive. So make consistently healthy food choices, and avoid using food as a method for coping with stress and anxiety.

 

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Story Credit: 15 Easy Ways to Beat Anxiety Now by Giuliana Hazelwood

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