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7 Sure-fire Ways To Deal With Anxiety

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7 Sure-fire Ways To Deal With Anxiety

All of us experience anxiety from time to time. You don’t want to automatically turn to medication, especially if your worries are temporary. Fortunately, you can do something about it using these seven sure-fire ways to dealing with anxiety.

From making a list to deep breathing, you’re bound to find something that will help curb that nervous feeling.

1. Make a List

When you have a long list of things to do, that can make anyone feel anxious. Try writing down all the things that are making your mind feel nervous, especially at night. The act of getting it down on paper can help put your mind at ease. You’ll remember what you need to do and you can check them off your list as you go.

2. Meditation

Just doing a little bit of deep breathing can calm you down immediately. Practicing a routine of daily meditation – in the morning, at night, or both – can do wonders for your anxiety levels.

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If you’ve never done this before, sit in a quiet place where you won’t be disturbed. Begin by taking 10 deep breaths. Take your time with these. You can continue taking deep breaths, or begin to focus on a single word or phrase. The word you choose can be something positive, such as “peace,” or “love,” or a phrase such as, “I am calm.” When you feel your mind wandering, gently let those thoughts go and re-focus your mind on the word or phrase you have chosen.

At first, this exercise can be difficult. But remember, the idea is just to focus on breathing. Begin by doing this for a few minutes each day, and work up to ten or fifteen minutes.

Of course, if you experience discomfort, stop immediately and do something else to help deal with your anxiety.

3. Exercise

Exercise is a proven way to reduce stress and anxiousness. You can take your worries out on the activities at hand. If you like tennis, for example, the act of hitting the ball back and forth can really help direct your anxious energy in healthful ways.

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Walking is another good activity. You can walk around the block for a short ten-minute walk, head to a park, or walk along a trail. The act of getting outside can give you room to breathe, allow you to enjoy the the sounds of nature, and otherwise enjoy some peace and quiet.

Whatever exercise you prefer, make a point in doing it regularly – that can definitely help.

4. Aromatherapy

Just the scent of lavender can help reduce stress and blood pressure. Scientists have documented its calming benefits.

Start with some lavender essential oil or incense. Dab a drop of essential oil on each temple. Sit quietly or lie down and let the aroma help to relax you.

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Lavender incense works, as well, though it’s not as potent as the essential oil and some find the smoke from the incense overpowering – just watch out for that. Light an incense stick and let the aroma fill the room. Again, sit quietly for a few moments and breathe in the scent.

5. Tea

The act of making tea is a calming process. It makes you slow down and sip. You can’t gulp a steaming drink.

Some good varieties to choose for relaxing are lavender, chamomile, or ginger. Lavender and chamomile are both calming; ginger can help calm a nervous stomach.

Pour freshly drawn water into a tea kettle and let it just get to boiling. Pour over tea bag or loose leaf tea, and let it steep until cool enough to drink. Sit in a quiet spot and turn off all noise: cell phones, music, televisions, radios, etc. Sip your tea for 20 minutes while purposefully turning your attention away from the thoughts that make your stress levels rise.

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6. Soothing Music

Turn on some soothing music. Many different genres of music exist that can help calm the mind. Classical, Zen, meditation, Native American flute music, or other similar types of soothing sounds are good choices.

If you don’t have your own music, you can find an internet radio station for this purpose, an iPod, mp4 player, or even turn it to the meditation station if you have satellite television. While listening to music, you can sit quietly or do another calm activity to help put your mind at ease: read, create art, write, etc.

7. Yoga

Head to your nearest yoga center for complete guidance on how to do this activity. You can also find videos on the internet or if you have a game console, you can purchase a yoga video. Just keep in mind that you won’t have the precise guidance that you would with a yoga instructor.

Yoga involves breathing and precise body movements that are designed to help focus the mind. You must concentrate on the movements to perform the yoga exercises correctly. As such, you shift your attention away from daily issues and onto figuring out the correct yoga position.

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Reduce Your Anxiety

Some of the suggestions on this list will take more time than others on how to manage anxiety. From soothing music to meditation, you can actively address your symptoms by trying these different activities and get on with your life.

This list is not intended to diagnose any condition. It is important to remember that if these methods don’t help, or if you experience extreme discomfort or prolonged anxiety, seek the advice of a doctor.

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Last Updated on November 22, 2021

Thanksgiving: It’s About The Simple Things

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Thanksgiving: It’s About The Simple Things

Thanksgiving, a day of pure gluttony, football, and possible uncomfortable situations with family members that you may or may not like. Oh, yeah, and the whole “know and reflect on what it is to be thankful and grateful.”

During the holiday season many people forget what this time of year is bout and are too worried about getting the “early-bird” deals on Black Friday and making sure that they have the perfect gifts for their loved ones. I am sort of a “Grinch” when it comes to the holiday season, mostly because of that mentality by many of the poeple around me.

But instead of being grinch-like this holiday season, I decided to simplify things and get back to what this time of year is actually is about; being thankful for what I have and what I can give.

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Simplify

I’m not a “minimalist” in any real sense, but in the last few months the talks of Patrick Rhone and others have got me to rethink my stance. Can you really have too much stuff?

Absolutely.

And with all that stuff comes the burden and the weight of it on your back.

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If you feel that the things around you are out of control, maybe it’s time to simplify and be thankful and grateful for what you have and use. Here are a few things that you can do to simplify:

  • You know those gadgets in the drawer that you said you were going to sell? Well, time to get the listing on eBay and sell them. Or, send them to a place like Gazelle. Even if they are old and won’t get money, you can at least recycle them.
  • Get rid of things you don’t need. Like old books, clothes, tools, etc. Have something that’s been laying around forever with no use? Donate it to a charity or church. If you aren’t using it, someone else could be.
  • Find your productivity tools and stick with them. Use tools and gadgets that serve multiple purposes so you can simplify your tool set.

Be Mindful

You don’t have to be a master Buddhist or meditator to be mindful (although, it can definitely help). Being mindful comes down to being cognizant of the present and not keeping yourself in the past or future. It’s about living in the moment and being aware of yourself and everything around you. It’s just being.

Without getting too “California” on you, it is super important to be mindful during the holiday rush. Rather than worrying about the things that you forgot at your house on the way to relatives or thinking about the next stop in your endless holiday travels, just breath and think about what you are currently doing.

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Spend the time with your family and friends and don’t crush the moment. Try not to concentrate so hard on getting the perfect photo of the “awesome moment” of the day and actually miss the awesome moment.

Being mindful over the holidays will help you be with your families, friends, and yourself allowing you to enjoy your time.

Reflect

As the year is coming to a close (yes, it really is that close!) it’s a great time to start reflecting on what you have accomplished and what you haven’t. Within the next few weeks we will have a more throrough reflection article here at Lifehack.org, but reflecting every now and then over your holiday break is a great way to see where you have been doing well in your life and where you need to improve.

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Reflection shouldn’t be used to “get down” on yourself. Reflection should be used to take an honset inventory of what you have accomplished, how you handeled situations, and what you can do better. If you journal everyday (a daily form of reflection) it may be a good time to start going over some of the things that you have written and start to put together a year’s end journal entry. I mean, how else will you write your autobiography?

But, seriously, reflecting on yourself makes you aware of your successes and faults and helps you plan and make goals for the coming year. It makes you a better person.

So, while you are stuffing your face with bird, stuffing, and mashed taters’, remember that the holidays are much more than the superficial things. Use this holiday to become a better person.

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