Tips & Tricks

Are you struggling with anxiety? Find coping strategies here! 

Anxiety affects different individuals in various ways. While some may constantly feel fear, others may notice physical effects such as headaches. However, feeling anxious about relocating, joining a new job, or taking a test is natural. Fortunately, individuals get over this feeling as the task is completed. 

However, another anxiety is long-lasting, wherein you may constantly fear, refrain from doing things you once enjoyed, and even lack the motivation to do something you are good at and more. In such cases, you must try different methods to cope with anxiety. 

It may take time and self-reflection to identify your triggers. Until then, you can try the following strategies to cope with anxiety. 

1 Add a meditation or spiritual activity to your routine

Successful mindful meditation practices may take a long time. But you might as well begin practicing it regularly to train your mind eventually. Some people like to engage in spiritual activities to destress and retain a calm mind. 

For a start, you can attend a church discipleship program, wherein you connect with your inner self and resonate with the community on a deeper level. The pastors follow a tried and tested discipleship curriculum to encourage individuals to stay disciplined and motivated and use problem-solving approaches in everyday life. 

As a result, people develop habits such as meditation, praying, and staying calm. They become practical enough not to let things bother them and are empathetic enough to understand worldly stuff with ease. 

2 Follow a healthy lifestyle

When we speak about following a healthy lifestyle, we include in it diet, workout, spending quality time with family, and taking time for yourself. It is a crucial thing to do to cope with everyday anxiety. You would be surprised to learn that an unhealthy body and mind are major stress triggers. 

So, ensure to follow a good workout routine that includes your body strengthening exercises and relaxing your tense muscles, for instance, aerobics, weightlifting, and yoga. You may have to integrate different types of activities as per your body’s needs. 

Similarly, work on your diet and focus on eating more and more nutrients and minerals. Your body may take time to run on those nutrients; however, it is worth it. Some food items include ashwagandha, valerian root, green tea, omega-3 fatty acids, and more. 

3 Do what you fear; small acts of bravery

Long-term anxiety generally restrains people from trying new things or doing regular activities. Avoiding those things may give you relief for some time; however, it is not good in the long run.

Therefore, you need to approach things that make you anxious. Work on them gradually; you do not have to jump on to archive everything; instead, try small things. For instance, if you are afraid of going on an escalator, you may injure yourself; you should take a friend or trusted person along with you to climb an escalator. 

Once the fear of what may happen begins to fade, you will likely learn your way through anxiety. Appreciate yourself for doing small acts of bravery, and gradually, you will notice a significant difference in your anxiety. 

Bottom line 

Being kind to yourself is crucial. You are not what your fear tells you. You can take control of your brain and work on your mental health condition. You might also want to connect with a doctor to discuss the situation. 

Rachael is a 31 year old mum to 10 year old Luke and 5 year old Oscar. She lives in England and writes about family life, crafts, recipes, parenting wins(and fails), as well as travel, days out, fashion and living the frugal lifestyle.

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