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10 Simple Ways To Quiet Your Anxiety

10 Simple Ways To Quiet Your Anxiety

Anxiety is a psychological behaviour most often characterized by certain criteria such as easy loss of attention, lack of self-control, and even lack of a retentive memory. Many individuals who have this disorder find it difficult to recognise it as an illness. From the few who suffer only 20% are diagnosed and treated. If you have any of the above listed characteristics of anxiety you may want to consider using one of these 10 simple ways to quiet it.

1. Sort your emails by priority

Opening your mailbox and seeing +1000 emails can increase your anxiety as you will find it difficult to know where to start. You can avoid this from happening by adjusting your mailbox setting to priority first.

    2. Build a To-do list

    Having a written or typed to-do list takes heavy information out of your brain. This can significantly help free you from building stressful moments such as when we forget something important we need to do.

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      3. Relocate and Free your desk/office

      The state and surrounding of your office space directly affects the state of your mind. Freeing and organizing your office space can help you calm down when looking for files and subsequently help you to get annoyed less. Also, if your office is located in an area where there is high traffic you may find it difficult to concentrate on an activity. Moving your desk to face the wall will definitely help you focus more.

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        4. Write down your ideas

        A person with anxiety disorder can become very irritated when inspired as this causes a lot of neurological stress. A good way to avoid this tension is by writing your ideas in a memo either on a piece of paper or in your phone.

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          5. Do not procrastinate; instead, breakdown the task

          Procrastinating can build stress and definitely aggravate your anxiety. A simple way to solve this issue is to breakdown the task and do the minimum subtask required to start the main task. This will relieve your mind of any form of breakdown.

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            6. Have deadlines for each milestones

            After breaking down your tasks into subtasks, it is always a good idea to have a bigger picture of the whole task and define a certain date when it must be completed. You may want to select the end of a music playlist or a seminar to represent your deadline. This will build a structure frame of mind and also avoid unnecessary daily stress thus highly reduce your anxiety.

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              7. Use a calendar

              Using a calendar can ease on your anxiety as well as enhance your organizational skills. Set events and reminders for things that have to be done. Place the calendar widget display on your  phone’s home screen and make sure the task reminder titles are relatively aggressive to urge you do them.

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                8. Grab a stress ball or grip-strengthener

                A stress ball lets you transfer aggression to an inert object and helps you feel better. Another small way to quiet anxiety is by using grip-strengthener when you feel you have to move around during a meeting or in a classroom.

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                  9. Close all social media distractions

                  The least thing you want when doing a serious task is receiving a notification from facebook or any other social media website. Resisting such call can be very challenging at times and more often than not raises our anxiety as well as our curiosity. This can be mitigated by using a social media blocker called Self Control to keep you on track for a certain time frame.

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                    10. Take short breaks

                    When focusing for too long on a particular task, you brain may get drained and you will be unable to think and solve trivial issues. This will build stress and subsequently anxiety as you will be feeling uncomfortable with the situation. Nonetheless, here is the good news, taking a break with your colleagues once in a while to refresh and reboot your brain can go a long way to quiet anxiety once and for all.

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                      Last Updated on December 9, 2019

                      5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

                      5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

                      Everyone experiences mental stress at one time or another. Maybe you’re starting a new career, job, or business, or you feel incredibly overwhelmed between work, parenting, and your love life (or a lack of it). It could even be that you simply feel that you have way too much to do and not enough time to do it,  plus, on top of everything, nothing seems to be going the way it should!

                      Yup, we all experience mental stress from time-to-time, and that’s okay as long as you have the tools, techniques and knowledge that allow you to fully relieve it once it comes.

                      Here are 5 tips for relieving mental stress when it comes so you can function at your best while feeling good (and doing well) in work, love, or life:

                      1. Get Rationally Optimistic

                      Mental stress starts with your perception of your experiences. For instance, most people get stressed out when they perceive their reality as “being wrong” in some way. Essentially, they have a set idea of how things “should be” at any given moment, and when reality ends up being different (not even necessarily bad), they get stressed.

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                      This process is simply a result of perception and can be easily “fixed” by recognizing that although life might not always be going as YOU think it should, it’s still going as it should—for your own benefit.

                      In fact, once you fully recognize that everything in your life ultimately happens for your own growth, progress, and development—so you can achieve your goals and dreams—your perception works in your favor. You soon process and respond to your experience of life differently, for your advantage. That’s the essence of becoming “rationally optimistic.”

                      The result: no more mental stress.

                      2. Unplug

                      Just like you might need to unplug your computer when it starts acting all crazy, you should also “unplug” your mind.

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                      How on earth do you unplug your mind? Simple: just meditate.

                      It isn’t nearly difficult or complicated as some people think, so, if you don’t already meditate, give it a try. Whether you meditate for 5 minutes, 30 minutes, or 2 hours, this is a surefire way to reduce mental stress.

                      Meditation has been scientifically proven to relax your body (resulting in less mental stress), while also reducing anxiety and high blood pressure.

                      3. Easy on the Caffeine

                      Yes, we know, we know—everyone loves a nice java buzz, and that’s okay, but there’s a fine line between a small caffeine pick-me-up and a racing heart and mind that throws you into a frenzy of mental stress.

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                      Try giving up caffeine for a while and see how you feel. And, if that’s completely out of the question for you, at least try to minimize it. You might find that lots of your mental stress mysteriously “disappears” as your caffeine intake goes down.

                      4. Attack Mental Stress Via the Back Door

                      That’s right: your body and mind are part of the whole being, and are constantly influencing and affecting each other. If you’re experiencing a lot of mental stress, try to reduce it by calming your body down—a calm body equals a calmer mind.

                      How do you calm your body down and reduce physical stress? A  great way to reduce physical stress (thereby reducing mental stress) is to take natural supplements that are proven to reduce stress and anxiety while lifting your mood. Three good ones to look into are kava-kava, St John’s wort, and rhodiola rosea:

                      • Kava-kava is a natural plant known to have mild sedative properties, and you should be able to find it at your natural health food store or vitamin store. It’s available in capsules or liquid extract form.
                      • St John’s wort is a natural flower used to treat depression. Again, it’s found at your local health store in capsules or liquid. Because it uplifts mood (enabling you to see the brighter side of all experiences) it helps relieve mental stress as well.
                      • Rhodiola rosea is a natural plant shown to reduce stress and uplift mood, and Russian athletes have been using it forever. Like the other two supplements mentioned, rhodiola rosea can be found at your natural health store in capsule or liquid form.

                      While these supplements are all natural and can be very helpful for most people, always check with your health care provider first as they can cause side-effects depending on your current health situation etc.

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                      5. Good Old-Fashioned Exercise

                      This tip has been around forever because it works. Nothing relieves mental stress like running, kickboxing—you name it. Anything super-physical will wipe out most of your mental stresses once the exercise endorphins (happy chemicals) are released into your brain.

                      The result: mental stress will be gone!

                      So, if you’re feeling overwhelmed or just plain stressed, try using some of the above tips. You can even print this out or save it to refer to regularly.

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