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A lot of people are now talking about the burden of anxiety on our society. Every year, millions of people go through nervous episodes that prevent them from enjoying their lives or living them to the full.
Anxiety can take a terrible toll on people. Not only does it stop you from moving forward with your life, but it also takes the enjoyment out of your daily experience. Add to that the health problems associated with it, and you have a mental health condition that you really don’t want if you can avoid it.
Has anxiety ever caused you to stop in your tracks? If so, you’re not alone. People with severe anxiety often experience intense bouts of rumination, especially around important life events.
But you don’t have to let anxiety dictate your enjoyment of life. In fact, there are all sorts of things you can do to take back control. Check out the following ideas:
Let Your Brain Take A Break
Anxiety usually occurs when a person can’t stop thinking about things that might happen in the future.
Here are some examples of things that people worry about:
- Getting sick and not being able to work
- Failing an exam
- Experiencing a breakup with a partner
- Not being able to sleep
- Whether other people are enjoying themselves
The antidote to this is something called a “brain break.”
Brain breaks are essentially when you stop thinking for a given period to allow your mind time to reset. It’s a conscious activity that actually requires a lot of self-love. You realise that you have been thinking too much and that it’s time for you to focus on something else for a while. A mini brain break can easily achieved by breathing exercises like pranayama or simply letting yourself fidgeting. Click and squeeze toys are widely available or even spinner rings in different sizes.
Take Supplements And Avoid Junk
Did you know that junk food creates brain inflammation that makes you feel awful? Well, it’s true. Burgers, pizzas and candies all increase chemical messengers that send inflammatory signals around your body, wreaking havoc.
If you’re feeling a little worse for wear, try avoiding junk food for a while and stick with regular meals. Focus your diet around beans, greens, whole grains and nuts since these are all anti-inflammatory foods.
You can also try taking certain supplements, like CBD oil. These interact with your brain’s chemistry, helping you get out of a funk.
Don’t Take Life So Seriously
Worrying about the future is a sure sign that you’re taking life way too seriously. Yes – you would like things to work out for the better in the future. But constantly being anxious about it makes your life a misery in the present. And you don’t want that!
If you can, try to remind yourself why you’re here on planet Earth. Is it to strive and suffer? Or is it to just have a bit of fun?
Once you reframe your life in this way, you will often find that your anxiety symptoms go down.
Take Time To Sleep
Lack of sleep is one of the primary causes of daytime anxiety. So do what you can to give your body what it needs. Avoid bright lights and phone screens in the evening. And definitely don’t email your boss.