Here’s How To Stop Anxiety From Ruining Your Night
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- Written by: Dr. Jatin Bhide
Anxiety isn’t always a bad thing — it’s a normal part of life. However, when it makes its way to your daily life and affects your functioning, it is important to learn how to take control of it and be in charge. Constant anxiety puts undue stress on the heart, making it pump more blood. Anxiety also attaches itself to many other problems like panic attacks, difficulty controlling the attacks, and out-of-proportion worry and reactions. Understanding and managing your anxiety and stress will help you lead a calmer and more relaxed life.
Take one step at a time
Anxiety is almost always future-oriented. Most times instead of worrying about what’s currently happening, you tend to worry about what’s going to happen. The trick is to bring yourself back to the present by being aware of your current surroundings. Stay in the ‘now’ and tackle one thing at a time to stop yourself from feeling overwhelmed.
Don’t play the blame game
Most anxious souls tend to constantly find things and situations that need to be fixed. It’s important to tell yourself that you’re neither the cause nor the cure and sometimes it’s okay to let things be. Sometimes you become more in control of your anxiety when you learn to let go of the things you can’t control.
Learn what triggers your anxiety
It’s important to discover any anxiety triggers that you may have. Identifying your triggers is an important step in managing them. Common factors that may trigger your anxiety may include your food and water intake, medications and supplements, smoking and alcohol, sleep disturbances, social situations, finances, etc.
Limit alcohol and caffeine
Having a drink on a stressful day might seem like a good way to ease anxiety, but you may be doing more harm than good. At first, drinking may reduce fears and take your mind off your troubles, but in fact, alcohol’s effects are opposite to those of anxiety medications. Everyday substances like caffeine can aggravate underlying mental health issues when consumed in excess. Consult with your doctor for appropriate medication instead.
Sometimes the best way to calm your anxiety is to go for a walk or to run. Physical exercise does as much for your mind as it does for your body. Exercise can decrease overall levels of tension, elevate, and stabilize mood, improve sleep, and improve self-esteem. So the next time you’re feeling tense, slip on your running shoes and get right back on track.
Seek professional help
If your depressed or anxious mood lasts for more than two weeks, or if it seriously interferes with your ability to function at work, with your family, and in your social life, it would be a very good idea for you to consult with a mental health professional as soon as possible.
These simple steps may help you cope with your anxiety in the short run. However, you must speak with your doctor for correct diagnosis and treatment to help you consider your options, stay safe and be worry-free in the long run.