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Five Ways to Cope with Anxiety

1. Exercise.

Exercising is a great way to reduce stress and anxiety because it allows
you to release so much energy. Whether you like to go on a run, practice yoga,
go swimming, or whatever your favorite thing to do that gets you active.
Exercising releases endorphins in your body, which promote a positive feeling
throughout the body. A feeling of positivity throughout the body eases the mind
and soul.

2. Sleep

Sleep is single-handedly one of the most important things you can do for
your mental and physical health. Having adequate hours of quality sleep each
night is essential to every one’s well-being. Sleeping reduces stress and anxiety
because it boosts your mood, makes you feel more energized, and recharge our
brains to face whatever comes at us next.

3. Nourish your body.

Feeding your body with the nutrients it deserves to be properly fueled is
key in mental and physical health. Eating well helps with stress and anxiety
because it promotes overall well-being. It also will make you feel better about
yourself mentally and physically, which will significantly reduce stress and
anxiety.

4. Meditate.

When you’re feeling extra under-pressure or overwhelmed, kick back,
relax, and meditate. Meditation is known to be one of the best means of helping
anxiety. This is because meditating helps the whole body relax, first your
breathing and heart rate ease down, which then helps calm your brain and whole
body. My doctor always tells me that simply setting aside five to ten minutes a
day to meditate can be one of the best ways to reduce stress and anxiety.
However, if you want it to work to its full potential, it is important that you make a
habit out of it.

5. Talk to Someone.

Venting to a friend, family member, or even doctor/therapist can
significantly reduce anxiety and stress. Having someone to talk through your problems with is extremely helpful to those with anxiety.

Having someone listen to you relaxes your mind and makes you feel as though you are not alone.
Talking to therapists/doctors especially is important considering their expertise in
the field. They can give the best advice on how to deal with what you’re feeling
and help overcome the feeling of constant stress and worry.

 

Article written by GUADS guest writer, Alison

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