Anxiety is a common reaction to stress and unsettling situations. Sometimes anxiety can feel so overwhelming and even scary. Here are 18 things you can do to help relieve and reduce your anxiety.

  1. Go for a walk: Get up and go outside. Getting some Vitamin D from the sun and some fresh air can help calm your nerves and reduce your feelings of anxiousness
  2. Take a shower with cool water: The cool water helps to quiet your thoughts and helps to also lower your blood pressure. It relaxes you deeper than a hot shower and can also lead to good rest afterwards.
  3. Stretch your muscles: Stretching can help to reduce muscle tension. Stretching also has been shown to increase serotonin levels.
  4. Take Some Deep Breaths: Taking in deep breaths allow you to slow down your heart rate and balances your hormones.
  5. Drink some Chamomile Tea: Chamomile is noted to increase serotonin and thereby have positive effects on mood and anxiety.
  6. Get Some exercise: Working out and many forms of physical activity can help to ease your anxiety symptoms.
  7. Listen to music: Music like classical, soft pop, instrumental, and nature sounds can help to support relaxation
  8. Drink More Water: Not drinking enough water contributes to feelings of anxiety and fatigue, whereas drinking more water can make you feel happier
  9. Get some rest: Go to bed and wake up at the same time everyday. Even on weekends. Practicing good sleep by genie can help to improve anxiety levels during the day.
  10. Start Mindfulness Journaling: Journaling about your feelings is linked to decreased mental distress. Let those emotions out on paper
  11. Take a Social Media Break: sometimes social media can be information overload. Unplug and decrease screen time on social media. Sometimes not being present on social media is the best option
  12. Visualize a place you feel safe: This is a stress reduction technique that can soothe you by imagining a peaceful safe place where you can relax
  13. Engage in self-care: sometimes you need to treat yourself to put your mind at ease. Engage in your favorite self care activity and allow yourself to enjoy It!
  14. Call a friend: Sometimes it may feel lonely when having anxiety. Call up a friend you trust to discuss how you feel or to just have them present so you don’t feel alone.
  15. Do some self-affirmations: write down positive affirmations about yourself. I.e. “I am fearless and courageous” “I am the epitome of greatness.” Repeat these self affirmations over and over again.
  16. Speak with a counselor or a therapist: Mental health professionals can allows assist you in exploring your emotions and desires and helping you achieve wellness. Call your insurance company to try and get connected to a mental health professional.
  17. Eat a well-balanced diet: eating processed food, fried food, high fat dairy products and refined cereals at excessive rates is linked to anxiety and depression. Increase fiber in your diet alongside rich grains, fruit, vegetables and fish.
  18. Avoid drugs and alcohol: Illicit Drugs and alcohol are depressants. They will trick you into feeling euphoria for a brief moment until the euphoria comes crashing down and you feel worse than you did before.

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