Anxiety disorders should never be taken lightly! Negligence can get so fatal that the person can also tend to become suicidal. Hence, one needs to be very patient and supportive in order to cope with anxiety and stress. Coping with anxiety has a lot to do with a person's lifestyle. Adapting a healthy and stress-free lifestyle is definitely the key to cope with anxiety without using medication. So, what are the different ways to control anxiety?
Strategies to Cope With Anxiety
Anxiety can lead to depression and can adversely affect both the body and the mind. Hence, the surroundings of a person who is struggling with anxiety and depression can also act as a relaxing factor, or a triggering factor. Therefore, it is very important to develop and cultivate the right attitude towards the environment one lives in, and also follow a balanced and healthy routine. Take care of yourself by including the following ways to cope with anxiety disorder, and take control of your mind and body.
Yoga Helps Control the Mind
For many yoga is a well-known Asian way to exercise. Many hardly know about it, but those who know about it and have accepted it as a part of their daily routine, and are well aware of its benefits. Yoga is not only a way to be in shape or increase flexibility of the body, it also helps to take control of your mind. Yoga meditation and exercises is a cure to many diseases and disorders, including anxiety and depression!
Breathe the Anxiety Out
Start doing some breathing exercises when you get up in the morning. Combination of a few deep breaths along with some stretches can refresh your senses and give you energy to live free! Breathing exercises like Pranayama and Nispandh-bhava helps you cultivate the attitude of letting go. A tip to begin with breathing exercises is to inhale and hold your breath in the ratio of 1:2. For example, if you have inhaled for 5 seconds, then you must hold the breath for 10 seconds before exhaling.
Sleep takes you Away from Worry
A person suffering from anxiety disorder tends to have a lot of trouble sleeping. Waking up till late night and spending the odd hours worrying and depressing yourself only increases the problem. Try to go to bed early so that even if you fall asleep hours after lying on the bed, you get proper sleep of 8-10 hours. Don't forget that the brain needs proper sleep to stay relaxed and active.
Exercise is the Key to Keep Fit
Being fit is not only subjected to physical appearance, it means having sufficient capabilities to tackle both physical and mental challenges. Take time to do some simple yet effective anxiety exercises. A stretch in the morning followed with a short time of jogging would prove to be a helpful anxiety cure. Consider that exercise will help you get rid of all your worries and anxieties. Try it, feel it!
Pray, So That the Mind Never Goes Astray
If you are a religious person, then praying can help you a lot! Philippians 4:6 says, "Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God." So make it a habit to pray. Consider this to be a source of conveying your problems and worries to the almighty so that he can take care of it and relieve you from the burden. Cultivating this habit in children would also be a way of helping children cope with anxiety.
Herbal Way Helps Keep Anxiety Away
I have always believed that nature has the answers to all the questions which includes the issue of managing anxiety attacks! There are many natural herbs for anxiety that nature has to offer. Valerian root, Ginseng, Kava kava, Catnip, chamomile, Winter cherry, Lemon balm, lavender, and bugleweed are some of the herbs used for treating anxiety. These herbs help relax your mind and body and also enable you to maintain a balanced mindset and approach towards things.
Laugh It Out
The saying "Laughter is the best medicine", isn't just a saying! Adapt it practically in your real life and you would know how beneficial it is towards helping you in coping with anxiety. Whenever you feel pressure on your mind or sense that one of the anxiety symptoms is just about to pop out, start laughing. You might find it funny and senseless in the beginning, but later on, you will learn to laugh out at your worries!
Nothing Lasts Forever, Nor Will the Troubles
Make this statement as your backup thought from now on! This ain't just a statement, it is a well-known fact! Whenever you see the unwanted nerve wrecking feeling coming your way, just think, it will just pass by, it won't last for long. This will give you immense strength and energy to tackle with the situation without getting way to nervous and panicked.
Shoo Off the Negativity
The more negative thoughts you cultivate in your mind, the more negative energy/frequency comes out from your body and is released to the environment. The less positive you will be, the less positive you will get! So, learn to shoo away the negative thoughts and focus only and only on the positive aspects of a situation. Question yourself every time you react to a situation and notice how much stress and worry is relieved if you focus only on the positive.
No Smoking and Alcohol Please
When going through a struggle to keep your mind and body balanced, why intake substances that take your mind to its extremes? Even caffeine for that matter should be avoided. These substances tend to exaggerate the already exaggerated mindset. It never helps, only worsens the matter!
The points mentioned above are just modifications in your daily lifestyle to help you overcome anxiety. If you think that the situation has worsened for you, seeking professional help is strictly advised. The bottom line is to do all that is necessary to live a healthy and relaxed life. All the best!