I have suffered from anxiety, to varying degrees for a number of years. It can be debilitating and impact your day-to-day life significantly. The scale of the problem was revealed by the Psychiatric Morbidity Survey, conducted in 2014, which indicated that there are around 3 million people in the UK living with an anxiety disorder.
Taking time out to focus on self-care has been crucial to managing my anxiety and I would like to share my top 5 tips for managing anxiety effectively:
Drink Herbal Tea
When I am anxious, my go to is Peppermint Tea.
The menthol found in Peppermint Tea acts as a muscle relaxant which will help relieve any tension in your body and alleviate stress. If your anxiety is keeping you awake at night, Valerian Tea can help you to get a good night’s sleep.
Get Out Of The House
When you’re feeling anxious, it seems much easier just to curl up in bed and block the world out. Hiding yourself away is only a temporarily solution to the problem and nine times out of ten, it makes matters worse as it’s even harder to face the day later on. You don’t need to walk for miles, a quick trip around the block is all that it takes. The fresh air will help you breathe easily and think more clearly.
YouTube has a never-ending catalogue of free meditation programmes. For meditation it is crucial that you find a quiet place with minimal distractions. Switch off your phone for 10 minutes if you have to. Focus on your breathing pattern, connect fully with your body and the results will start to speak for themselves.
Do Something You Love with Your Free Time
It’s always nice to know that you have something to get you through the day or week. It doesn’t need to be a huge event. You could make your favourite meal for dinner or set some time aside to catch up on a TV show. I have a passion for writing and I find that putting my feelings on paper is a great release. As long as whatever you decide to do makes you feel good – make it happen!
Reach out to someone you trust
This could be a friend, family member, teacher, a medical professional or just anyone you feel comfortable talking to! I know that this is far easier said than done, but a problem shared is a problem halved. Suffering in silence is never the answer.