We need some degree of anxiety to stay active, generate ideas, enjoy fantasies and feel satisfied with achievements. But when the anxiety becomes uncontrollable, the opposite effect occurs, which distracts us, nerves paralyze us and worries can overwhelm us.
It’s time to take the reins and put anxiety under control, to learn how to handle it instead of having it handling us. Regardless of medical treatments for anxiety, we have some tricks to keep anxiety at bay. Learn to control anxiety.
Healthy Habits to Manage Anxiety
Controlling anxiety happens when changing some life habits. Perhaps it is the right time to fulfill all those promises of healthy life that we have been trying for years. Because, to keep anxiety at bay, what we most need is regularity. Regularity in the schedules, in the meals, in the sleep… meaning to maintain a daily routine, which does not necessarily have to involve boredom.
Eating meals at the same time every day, eating a healthy and balanced diets where vegetables and fresh foods are prime, and avoiding, as far as possible, exciting drinks such as coffee, tea, soft drinks or alcohol as it is essential to avoid nervous exaltation.
But it is also essential to practice some physical exercise, to help us release tension and feel more energetic, more vital. If we do the physical exercise late in the afternoon, we will be helping to alleviate one of the worst symptoms of anxiety, such as insomnia. Because if we do not sleep well, we do not live well.
Organization to control anxiety
Continuing with the necessary changes, we must make in our lifestyle to keep anxiety at bay; the next step after starting a healthy life plan is organization. Often, anxiety is generated by poor organization, by the accumulation of pending labors, work or personal tasks.
So, a good idea is to keep an agenda up to date. First, we must resolve the outstanding issues and, once free of past obligations, focus on the day to day. When it comes to organizing, we have to be realistic about the objectives, something that may take a few weeks.
In any case, it is very important to dedicate ourselves some time each day to ourselves. It takes 20 minutes to disconnect from obligations, responsibilities and concerns and dedicate them solely to thinking or doing what makes us happy. Try it, and you will see how you begin to gain ground to anxiety.