Anxiety can often get the best of us. You aren’t alone; when you are reading this- there are millions around the world who are trying to fend off their inner demons. The human mind is complex, in every sense of the word, and hence having your mind race off to different possibilities of what may or may not happen might get overwhelming. Even something as routine as going up to someone and asking them for direction feels like you are in a panic room.
If you have felt life taking a backseat, and you being closed to new experiences, then worry not- there are plenty of ways to control and tame anxiety. These will require you to put in effort on the regular, and it is over time that you find yourself comfortable in social settings and able to relish experiences rather than thinking “what on earth am I doing here?”
Here are some ways to manage anxiety:
Cut Out The Caffeine
If you enjoy your morning cup of coffee, then be wary as it is a concoction that is a known anxiety inducer. Caffeine in coffee gets your heart racing, your arteries widened and put your senses on overdrive. With your mind already doing that for you, the last thing you want is for coffee to dial it up even further. Brew tea instead.
Avoid Getting Tipsy Often
Feeling anxious might pull you to the bottle of wine in the rack. Although this is a short-term relaxant that will calm your nerves, the intake of alcohol actually changes the levels of serotonin in the brain- this makes the symptoms aggravated. As a matter of fact, once the intoxication wears off, you end up feeling even more anxious.
Write Out What Is On Your Mind
Having a journal or a diary, on which you can spill your thoughts is a great way to disconnect. Even better, head down to a peaceful spot in your town or city and write away. You will find yourself mesmerised by the serenity in penning down your thoughts on a piece of paper- one of the best ways of anxiety relief.
There are studies that show that having a journal that you have on the regular, can have you keep at bay negative thoughts and reduce stress considerably.
Talk It Out
Humans are social creatures, that seek comfort from meaningful connections. Talk to a health professional or friends/ family. Doing so can help you throw out a lot of the weight that you have on your shoulders.