Ways to Stop Anxiety & Stress in your life
It seems everyone and their mother is stressed out to the max today and looking to find ways to get rid of anxiety. You can see the stress on people’s faces just walking through the mall or in any public place. People are mainly unhappy and worried. The problem is, the stress and anxiety is literally eating them away from the inside out.
Science has proven stress and anxiety cause a breakdown of the body, increase the speed in which we age and causes us to get sick more often and for longer periods of time.
So how do we deal with these issues in a way that is manageable?
Look, even I get stressed from time to time. But below are the main things I do when I start feeling the anxiety starting to creep in. They are all proven methods and best of all, they are free and you don’t need to take any drugs to feel better!
1. Deep Breathing
Just Breathe! I know it sounds so simple, almost dumb. But when you’re stressed you don’t realize it but your breathing gets shallower and faster.
Slow it down consciously. Feel your breath, concentrate on it. Breath as deeply as you can and exhale.
Make it even more effective by telling yourself that as you are exhaling, you are ridding your body of all of its “tightness” and anxiety. It’s just flowing out with the breaths.
2. Meditate instead of Medicate
Medicine is not going to help. You might feel better for the moment, but all you’re really doing is complicating everything and polluting your body. Rather, try to meditate.
Now I don’t mean you need to be a Buddha or Guru, simple meditation is simply slowing your mind and thoughts down enough to see the now. Experience now-ness. When you concentrate on now, you’re not thinking about the future problems you have, or your past or anything but what is NOW.
3. Practice Self Love
No, nothing dirty here. I’m taking about treating yourself well. Like go for a massage once in a while, or even a manicure. It feels nice to pamper yourself once in a while. And you should. Remember why it’s nice to be alive.
4. Eliminate Soda and Coffee
Your diet also plays a huge part on how you feel. Drinking things with a lot of sugar or caffeine also induce feelings or stress rather than calmness. If at all possible, try switching out a soda for an un-sweetened lemonade, or a healthier juice. Or the best option, just drink water.
There are a lot of really delicious teas to try as well if you’re a big coffee drinker like I was. Some of them have a really mellowing effect, and they taste great. And just the warmness can be comforting as well.
5. Get Rid of Clutter
– It’s hard to feel peaceful when you’re surrounded by a lot of clutter. A minimalist environment that is tidy and neat make you feel calmer than a place where there is mess and chaos. Some people even go as far as cleaning to cope with stress, as it makes you feel in control in a sometimes uncontrollable situation.
6. Stop Digging
There’s a saying, the first thing to do to get out of a hole is to stop digging! Meaning, one of the biggest things people stress about is money. Especially debt.
So STOP adding more debt if that is your number one stress.
A lot of people have the tendency to “relieve” stress by shopping, or buying another thing they do not nor ever needed to try to make themselves feel better.
Instead, make yourself feel better by getting rid of stuff. Less stuff, less chaos. Less stress. Have a garage sale. Use Craigslist.com, Ebay. Sel, sell, sell! Make some money rather than spend it, I bet it’ll make you feel a whole lot better!
So here are my 6 very serious tips to relieve the anxiety in your life. They may not seem all that “scientific”, but I promise they are a step in the right direction to making yourself feel a lot better.