Are you someone who struggles with anxiety in your everyday life? If you are, you know how much impact it can have. It can sabotage job opportunities and destroy your social life. But most importantly, it can impact your overall health.
Many people live easily with anxiety due to professional intervention and medicine. We suggest that you consult professionals to find out what can work for you.
However, you might be afraid to make the first call. Before you reach out to a professional, see if any of these surprising ways to deal with the anxiety might help.
1. Visit a chiropractor
You probably wouldn’t normally expect to visit a chiropractor for your anxiety. However, some experience positive results from this treatment. It’s actually a great way to lower blood pressure, trigger the production of positive hormones, and encourage relaxation and sleep.
A misconception about chiropractors is that they’re only located in big cities. However, you can find a chiropractor in Bellevue Wa, rural Iowa, and even Alaska. Chiropractors are a popular, and positioned throughout the entire country.
Make sure to inform them of any physical disabilities or injuries you may have. This way you can avoid making a physical problem getting worse.
A lot of people will take a break from life by scrolling through social media. It can be a mindless relaxing pass time for some. However, it can do more harm than good. If you suffer from anxiety you may focus on why you don’t look as perfect as your favorite influencers. Instead of picking up your phone, try doing something else. Try breathing exercises in silence instead or perhaps reading. Your mind will thank you for it.
3. Learn to spot the signs of your anxiety
For some people, their hands get clammy. Others begin to breathe heavily. Some individuals just freeze up entirely.
Once you have learned to identify the physical signs of your anxiety, you will be able to take some deep breaths and step away from whatever is causing you to become anxious.
4. Act it out
Studies show that when you are filled with anxiety about a certain situation, it can be beneficial to rehearse the situation.
Role play will reduce your anxiety about the situation because you get to practice dealing with any triggers. It will improve your performance when it comes to the real situation.
5. Do something
When you are struck by anxiety, it can feel downright impossible to do anything at all. When you are in this situation, do whatever it is that you can to break this cycle. If the laundry is piling up is too daunting for right now, brush your teeth instead.
Slowly but surely work your way up to doing activities that allow you to break through the barrier of thinking that you simply can’t do anything.
6. Accept your anxiety
Many people think that their anxiety is an awful thing that they will be forced to live with. While some people’s anxiety may have to be fought with professional help and medication, a lot of people can experience relief just by practising self-monitoring. This starts with acceptance.
When it comes to your anxiety, it is always best to accept that it is a part of your life instead of seeing it as your impending doom. It is best to learn to understand what makes you tick and use that to your advantage.
Those with anxiety are often better at accepting that there will be struggles in life, but that they will overcome them.
If you are struggling with the symptoms of anxiety, it may be a good idea to visit a specialist that will be able to prescribe medication to get you on the road to living with anxiety. Until then, use these six surprising ways that you can use to fight back against your anxiety every day.
Jason Smith did his degree in psychology at the University of Edinburgh. He has an ongoing interest in mental health and well-being.
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