Anxiety is a normal part of life for most people, but for some, it can be a debilitating problem. Have you ever felt so anxious that it stopped you in your tracks and prevented you from doing things? Or have you had a full-blown anxiety attack?
If you are experiencing regular anxiety attacks, the best course of action is to see a therapist. If your anxiety issue is that pronounced, the following tips probably will not help. Make an appointment to see a therapist and receive professional assistance with this problem. However, if anxiety is a bother for you, but not severely debilitating, the following suggestions can help you to control anxiety and put it in its place whenever you feel especially on edge.
Give up caffeine and alcohol
Caffeine is great for getting groggy brains functioning in the morning and keeping you going until that 5:00 whistle sounds. However, the properties that energize us with caffeine also heighten anxiety. If anxiety continues to be a problem for you, the trade-off is not worth it: switch to decaffeinated.
Alcohol seems like it is good for calming you in the moment, but it remains a depressant. Even more problematic, excessive alcohol use can actually heighten anxiety. Moderate your drinking or stop it entirely.
Avoid certain situations and people
You have likely noticed that there are some people or situations that cause anxiety to rise. Unless it is absolutely necessary, try to avoid them. This can be awkward and require some strategic planning, but in the end, it is worth it.
Endorphins are the “feel good” chemicals your brain produces when you engage in physical activity and they are a great ally in the fight against anxiety. The natural high you get from exercise produces a brain state that can also help to ease your anxious moments.