Updated: Aug 22, 2020
We all experience at some point anxiety issues and we all have different ways of coping with it.
I would like to provide you with a short list of activities you can do in order to assist during those moments.
Regular exercise - studies have proven that 30-40 minutes of moderate exercise daily will decrease your risk of major illnesses, such as heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and cancer by up to 50% and lower your risk of early death by up to 30%.
Deep relaxation - yoga can help with this, but if you are not a master of flexibility, you can try 10 minutes of meditation daily. Start by taking some deep breaths, holding the air in for 3 seconds before releasing. Try to feel all you surroundings and be aware of your body releasing all the air. For those few minutes, leave all worries behind. The world can survive 10 minutes without you!
Go for a walk - this is a simple and free activity. Find a route close to home that will allow you to have some time to yourself and maybe even enjoy a nice view. This can count towards your 30-40 minutes of exercise daily. You can use an app or map to identify local trails.
A good sleep - try creating a sleep schedule, 6-7 hours of sleep is the recommended time. Avoid exposure to light just before bed, either by not using you laptop or phone 1-hour before bed, or by using blue-light protecting glasses. There are more ways on improving your sleep but will discuss this more in another blog post.
Doing things you like - it is very important to squeeze some of our loved activities in our free time. If reading is your thing, try instead of looking on your phone just before bed, to go through a couple of page from that book that has been lying on your nightstand for ages. If you enjoy music, download some of your favourite songs and add them to your evening playlist. Take that salsa class that you have been waiting to do, try that cooking recipee you never made...whatever it is do it for your self, and have fun with it!
Delegate tasks - where appropriate, use the people around you to take some weight off your shoulders. If you work within a team, ask for assistance, with some of the tasks. At home, ask for help from your housemates, family to help with the chores when you don't have time. Ask your children to start doing little things around the house, the benefit of this would be things get done and the little ones learn some values.
There are more things you can do to improve you mindset and reduce your anxiety. If you give the above a go, let me know and drop a comment below. Would love to hear how you did and if this helped!