Living with anxiety is a serious issue for many people. Not the everyday sort of anxiety that you get before a test or a big meeting, but the sort of anxiety that follows you throughout your day and keeps you from living your life fully and freely.
This last type of anxiety has been my everyday experience for much of my life, and its only in the last few years that I have learned how to cope with it in a healthy way. Because I don't want you to have to flounder around as long as I did, I want to take today to share some of my favorite tips to living life in spite of the fear and anxiety.
1.) Elevate Mood with Exercise
Exercise serves as one of the best ways to combat anxiety. For awhile I resisted exercise because it seemed boring, and also I was so busy during the day being a mom and trying to build a business that I didn't have the time to commit to an hour of exercise. However, by not committing to only one type of exercise and instead doing whatever style fit my mood and my schedule that day, I have gotten to the point where I just don't feel right without it! You see, when we are physically active, our body releases endorphins that are responsible for new brain cell growth.
2.) Proper Mindset
For myself, I noticed that most of my anxious thoughts were coming from patterns I had established early on in life. So when I was confronted with triggering situations my mind would go the same route on auto-pilot as if I was stuck in a deep rut. This is actually supported by research coming out that shows that thinking the same things over and over can actually form pathways in your brain, and if you aren't consciously directing what is happening, then your thoughts will automatically follow the pathways that you have already carved out for them!
So choose a phrase that you can say to yourself the next time you notice your mind going over the same old direction as it always does. If you are nervous in a social situations and can feel yourself becoming anxious, then maybe tell yourself "I am peaceful and confident" and imagine feeling exactly that way.
I know, it sounds super cheesy, but the point is to carve out new pathways in your mind. So choose words and feelings that you resonate with, and remember, it took you months or years to get to where you are now, so give yourself time to get back to where you want to be!
3.) Avoid Food Triggers
Did you know that for many people, food can trigger an anxiety response? Whether it is an allergy or intolerance, or a blood sugar crash, food could be contributing pretty heavily to your state of mind. I have personally found that by removing a few foods that I do not tolerate well and by making sure to keep my blood sugar balanced, that my anxiety has decreased drastically over the last year.
I hope that these tips have been helpful for you. I would love to hear what you do to help with your anxiety, I am always up for learning new tips and tricks!