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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 March 13, 2019

                      How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

                      How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

                      Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

                      You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

                      Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

                      1. Work on the small tasks.

                      When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

                      Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

                      2. Take a break from your work desk.

                      Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

                      Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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                      3. Upgrade yourself

                      Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

                      The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

                      4. Talk to a friend.

                      Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

                      Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

                      5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

                      If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

                      Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

                      Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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                      6. Paint a vision to work towards.

                      If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

                      Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

                      Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

                      7. Read a book (or blog).

                      The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

                      Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

                      Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

                      8. Have a quick nap.

                      If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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                      9. Remember why you are doing this.

                      Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

                      What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

                      10. Find some competition.

                      Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

                      Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

                      11. Go exercise.

                      Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

                      Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

                      As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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                      Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

                      12. Take a good break.

                      Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

                      Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

                      Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

                      Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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