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9 Ways to fight Stress & Anxiety

Take time for yourself

It's nearly impossible to think rationally when you're dealing with anxiety. The first thing to do is take time for yourself so you can physically calm down. Distract yourself from your worries by taking a walk, making a cup of tea or having a warm bath. Maybe even all three.

 

Breathe

If you start to get a faster heartbeat or sweating palms, the opposite of distracting yourself could be the answer. Let the panic happen. Stay where you are and simply feel it. Place the palm of your hand on your stomach and take deep breaths. The goal is to help the mind get used to coping with panic attacks, which takes the fear of those attacks away. Practice makes perfect, so don’t feel like you have to master this technique right away

Face your fears

Easier said than done, but if something is truly crippling you or standing in the way of you living a normal life, you need to face those fears. They will soon start to become less scary, and you will feel better for it.

Imagine the worst

Curiosity killed the cat, but in this case curiosity might just help you deal with your anxieties. Try imagining the worst thing that can happen. When you realize the irrationality of this thing, and realize that it's just not possible, the fear will quickly run away.

Stop trying to be perfect

Life is full of anxieties, but still many of us feel that our lives must be perfect. Bad days and setbacks happen, and it's important to remember that life is messy. No one’s life is perfect.

Visualise

You should always have a happy place handy in your head. A day at the beach, the day you got married, some important time in your life. Visualize this place or time when you get overwhelmed. Focus hard and the calm, happy feelings should fight off your irrational fears.

Talk it out

Sharing fears and anxieties takes away some of their scariness. If you can't talk to a partner, friend or family member, call a helpline. It’s worth it.

Reset

Sometimes, just simple, everyday things like a good night's sleep, a wholesome meal and a walk are often the best cures for anxiety. Try to drink less and take care of your health.

Reward yourself

Once you’ve accomplished a task you’ve been dreading, treat yourself. Positive reinforcement over time will make it easier to face challenges and take some of the anxiety out of unpleasant tasks.

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