Updated: Jan 15
Anxiety is a feeling of worry, nervousness, or unease about something with an uncertain outcome. It's a normal and often healthy emotion, but when a person regularly feels disproportionate levels of anxiety, it can become disabling.
But there is hope! While it may not always be easy, anxiety can be managed and eventually go away. Here are some ways to start feeling better:
1. Identify the cause of your anxiety. Sometimes, it's obvious what's causing anxiety (like a big exam or a job interview). Other times, it may be less clear. Taking the time to think about what might be causing your anxiety can be a helpful first step in finding a way to manage it.
2. Seek support. It can be helpful to talk to a therapist about your anxiety. They can help you identify the causes of your anxiety and work with you to develop coping strategies. You can also seek support from friends and loved ones. Sometimes, just talking about your anxiety with someone you trust can be extremely helpful.
3. Practice relaxation techniques. There are many relaxation techniques that can help reduce anxiety, such as deep breathing, progressive muscle relaxation, and meditation. Experiment with different techniques to see what works best for you.
4. Get regular exercise. Physical activity can help reduce anxiety by releasing endorphins (feel-good chemicals) in the brain. Aim for at least 30 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise, such as brisk walking, every day.
5. Eat a healthy diet. A healthy diet can help support your overall well-being, which can in turn help reduce anxiety. Aim for a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, and whole grains, and low in processed and sugary foods.
Remember, everyone experiences anxiety differently and what works for one person may not work for another. It's important to be patient and to try different approaches until you find what works for you. With time and effort, it is possible to manage and overcome anxiety.
Saleha Choudhury | WWW.WeCounsel.CO.UK