How To Cope With Anxiety?
Does your heart beat faster in any stressful situation? Or maybe, your palms get sweaty during an overwhelmed event or task?
This is anxiety. It’s your body’s way to deal with stress.
You can feel anxiety in many situations such as your first day at a new job, meeting your partner’s family, or giving a presentation in front of a lot of people, etc. Everyone has different anxiety triggers and identifying them is important to cope and manage your anxiety attacks.
Identifying your triggers can take some time. In the meantime, some ways can help you get calm or quiet your anxiety from taking over.
5 ways to cope with anxiety
If your anxiety is sporadic and making it hard for you to focus on your tasks, try these remedies to control the situation:
1. Question your thought pattern
Unwanted intrusive or negative thoughts can cause great distress. They came out of nowhere, arrive with a whoosh, and cause a great deal of anxiety. These thoughts consist of repetitive doubts about your decisions – small or big, relationships, sexual orientation or identity, worrying about things that don’t have any explanation or questions that cannot be answered with certainty. The best way to deal with such thoughts is to challenge your fears, ask if they’re true, and see where you can take back control.
2. Use aromatherapy
Aromatherapy is one of the best ways to control your anxiety. Whether it be in oil form, candle, or incense, fragrances/scents like chamomile, lavender, ylang-ylang, clary sage, and sandalwood can be very soothing. Aromatherapy activates certain receptors in your brain, potentially easing anxiety. If you’re using oils for aromatherapy, you can use them in different ways:
- using the oils in special diffusers
- mixing oils in with bath salts or lotions
- massaging the oils into the skin
- applying aroma oils to fabrics and soft furnishings, such as pillows, bedding, or cushions
3. Practice deep breathing
Practice deep breathing – breathing in for 4 counts and breathing out for 4 counts. Do this for five minutes. This will lower your heart rate, helping you to get calm down. You can also practice 4-7-8 breathing technique to reduce anxiety and to sleep better.
4. Practice yoga or go for a walk
Sometimes, the best way to stop anxious thoughts is to divert your mind to any other activity. Try to focus on yourself by practicing yoga or any other type of non-strenuous exercise. Yoga will not only calm your mind but will relax your body muscles too.
5. Write down your thoughts
Writing down thoughts that are making you anxious is another way to deal with anxiety. This will help you understand your thoughts and feelings more clearly. It can help you control your feelings and emotions. Journaling helps control your anxiety symptoms:
- By helping you prioritize your fears, concerns, and problems
- Tracking and recognizing anxiety triggers and learn ways to control them
We are sure these tricks will help you cope with sporadic anxiety attacks. However, if your anxiety attacks get severe, it’s better to consult with your health care provider. Your doctor might recommend some anti-anxiety drugs. Make sure to take these drugs as recommended by your doctor.
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