How To Quell An Anxious Mind
How It Works
Identify when you feel anxious. Check in with your feelings and try to understand what’s causing you to feel anxious. Maybe it’s a complicated relationship with your boss, neighbor or sibling. Whatever it is, paying attention to how you react and what you’re feeling can help you pinpoint a possible solution.
Take a natural supplement. There are a bunch of plant-based remedies for treating anxiety – I started taking Anxiclear and found it helped a lot. If you’re thinking of trying it, you can consult Consumer Advisors for comprehensive reports and thorough reviews on which manufacturers you can trust.
Stay away from caffeine. After cutting caffeine from my diet, I found that my anxiety improved considerably. If you’re suffering from anxiety and consume caffeine regularly (or are a full-on caffeine addict like I was!), try avoiding it for a few weeks and see if you feel a difference.
Getting the right amount of sleep. One study found that both insomnia and excessive sleep are linked with depression and anxiety. Sure enough, my anxiety peaked when I was in college pulling all-nighters and not getting enough sleep. Prioritizing getting my sweet-spot of 7.5 hours of sleep per night helps keep my anxiety at bay.
Professional help. Occasional anxiety is one thing, anxiety disorders are another. Typically characterized by excessive worrying, anticipating the worst possible outcomes, not being able to stop worrying, difficulty concentrating and suicidal thoughts, anxiety disorders call for professional help. Regular therapy and the medication I was prescribed, Xanax, have been crucial in helping me overcome my anxiety disorder.
What You’ll Need
- a caffeine-free diet
- a good night’s sleep
- professional help
nor hard Somewhat
As a college student, I thought everyone worried about exams as much as I did. It was common for me to pull all-nighters and drink coffee to stay awake. I had no idea that while my friends were propelled by adrenaline, I had a real anxiety disorder lurking.
My caffeine addiction made my current situation worse, but I didn’t realize that at the time. On top of that, I took up smoking, even though I knew how bad it was for my health. My new habit also exacerbated my feelings of anxiousness.
Thankfully, a peer counselor thought to investigate my behavior and realized that my feelings went beyond the typical college student. After taking a semester off, I was able to get real perspective on my life. Then, thanks to medication as well as lifestyle changes, I was able to finish my degree.
I know I have the tendency to revert back to my former ways. Many things I do, such as making sure to always get enough sleep and seeing a therapist, are preventative measures so I don’t start slipping.
To anyone who feels like their life is on hold due to their anxiety, I urge you to get help. You might also want to try the lifestyle changes I listed above – they really helped me and I hope they can help you too.