2 Things You Can Do to Deal with Anxiety

It is normal to feel anxious from time to time. For example, if you have a job interview or if you are going on a first date. However, if you feel anxious all of the time, even when there isn't anything happening which could trigger it, you may have an anxiety disorder. If it is not treated, an anxiety disorder can have a significant impact on the quality of your life. You may find yourself avoiding social situations, drinking or taking drugs to stop yourself feel nervous or developing other conditions such as depression. Thankfully, there is a range of treatments which are available such as anti-anxiety medications and counselling which are very effective at helping people to manage the condition. There are also a couple of things you can do to help to reduce feelings of anxiety.

Cut out the caffeine

Caffeine is a stimulant which triggers the bodies nervous system. If you are already suffering from anxiety, drinking something which contains caffeine such as coffee, tea or an energy drink is like throwing gasoline onto a fire. The stimulant effect of the caffeine will trigger or magnify any feelings of anxiety. If you are feeling anxious, you should take steps to cut down on the amount of caffeine you consume by drinking decaffeinated tea and coffee and avoiding energy drinks. If you have been consuming caffeine on a daily basis for an extended period, you may experience slight withdrawal symptoms for a short period, such as a headache or tiredness. However, this will soon pass. 

Get Some Exercise

Studies have shown that regular moderate exercise for around 2 hours a week can help to combat anxiety. Exercise releases dopamine into the brain which is the bodies 'feel good' chemical transmitter. Dopamine and endorphins which will help to reduce feelings of anxiety and stress. Exercise also helps to lower levels of the stress hormone cortisol, which will help you to feel less anxious. Also, exercise will often contribute to improving your mental health by getting you moving. If you go for a walk or a run, you will have time to appreciate the local neighbourhood. Something as simple as noticing the colour of the leaves change on a tree can help you to feel more relaxed and connected.

If you would like to speak to someone about how you can learn to cope with your anxiety, you should make contact with a counselling service today.