I haven't made any secret about the fact that I suffer with anxiety. I know a lot of bloggers say that but I think sharing the details allows us to help each other and its reassuring to learn that you're not alone. I am learning to manage my anxiety these days and I thought I'd share a few things that I do to try and cope. A few things that have helped me are
* Going for walks
I've mentioned this before but going for short walks really helped me when my anxiety was at its worst. Getting out and about in the fresh air really helps to clear your mind and refresh yourself. I'd recommend getting a friend or relative to go with you if you're feeling especially anxious. Just going for a short five or ten minute walk every day really works in the long run. You might not feel better at first but stick with it and you'll feel a difference after a few weeks!
By distractions, I'm referring to things such as reading, listening to music and blogging. Anything that can help to take your mind off feeling nervous and suffering the effects that anxiety can bring - nausea, tiredness, headaches etc. Writing this blog has really helped me to cope as its something I can put all my energy into. If I start feeling a bit wobbly, I try to focus my mind on blogging and thinking about upcoming posts - I usually find it helps somewhat. Any kind of hobby or interest that you can spend your free time focused on instead of those anxious feelings really makes a difference.
*Self help books
These are by no means a miracle worker but some books I've found that have helped are 'Feel the fear and do it anyway' by Susan Jeffers and The confidence gap by Russ Harris. I'll have a post soon on the confidence gap as it really helped to change my way of thinking about certain things but both books are a good starting point for anyone struggling with anxiety and/or low confidence.
When it comes to medication then obviously you need to consult a doctor as they will be able to advise you properly. I personally take both anxiety and anti-depressants daily which have made a difference. I'd also consider supplements too. I've just started taking a vitamin B supplement (B vitamins help with the nervous system) daily - I purchased mine from Feel Unique. There's also supplements, such as bimuno prebiotics* that give an immune system boost by increasing healthy bacteria in your body. A study has shown that a certain pre-biotic can aid factors relating to anxiety - you can find out more here.
*Improving your diet
I'm sure most people generally find that they feel much better when they eat healthier. My anxiety is normally heightened when I'm feeling ill, so I'm trying to boost my health by eating better and drinking more water. Food, such as wholegrains, berries, almonds and dark chocolate are meant to help reduce anxiety. I've personally found that avoiding certain things, such as alcohol and cutting down on caffeine has made a difference too.
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