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Are there lifestyle changes I can make to help with my anxiety?

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Last Updated: 03/03/2020 at 9:24pm
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RaduMemete
November 4th, 2014 1:50pm
Yes ! One of the most important is to keep yourself busy because this way your mind will pay attention and focus on what you have to do. First thing to do is to avoid staying alone with your thoughts !
ItsJustMekitty
September 18th, 2014 4:36pm
Well i think first of all you can not be ashaed of it. You should be able it admit and be able to ask for help. You have to know that asking for help is one of the bravest things you can do. And for me personaly it helped me when i started talking to people, trying new things, opening up.
LeeleeRose
October 14th, 2014 4:00am
Take more time for yourself to do the things that make you happy, spend time with those who make you feel good, use relaxation techniques, and stay in the present moment. Try not to overthink!
fleur
October 30th, 2014 2:09pm
Yes, doing more things you like, practicing meditation, go to therapy, be nice to yourself and sleep better.
Anonymous
October 12th, 2014 8:53am
Lifestyle is at outer level of our life, anxiety is at inner level, If You really need something to change, Take little steps which makes you feel good. Whether it's from outside or inside. Because ultimately, at the end, you want to see yourself happy, and others too.
Tiaw
October 29th, 2014 5:43am
Meditation can help reduce anxiety tremendously as does aroma therapy. Practicing breathing also helps slow down your heart rate. Watch something funny on YouTube! Nothing breaks that panic better than a good laugh
Anonymous
September 10th, 2014 10:23pm
Making changes to reduce anxiety can be really tough to adjust to, but these changes can be made. Things such as taking a deep breathe when you are feeling your anxiety or practicing daily relaxation exercises can lead to a decrease in anxiety. Noticing that you are getting an anxiety attack before it happens is really helpful as you can take steps to prevent it such as taking a moment to take deep breaths and relax.
BRIEjc
September 11th, 2014 4:30am
A good first step is trying to actively engage in activities or hobbies that don't trigger anxiety or further the feeling of being overwhelmed by stress. By simply trying to avoid or escape negative feelings you are still thinking about the situations that make you uneasy. Focus on the good things, like coffee with a friend, a good book or a funny show, and you'll find the difficult tasks are more manageable once you've spent the time out of a head space in which you are constantly worrying.
MDee
September 11th, 2014 6:46am
You could take up some sort of exercise -physical activity releases hormones that induce feelings of joy. There is something for everybody; running, swimming, dancing, tennis or badminton, anything you want. It will help you relax, clear your head and distract yourself. You may even meet new people if you sign up for a class.
Hannah2020
October 23rd, 2014 5:15am
Meditation, mindfulness, and deep breathing can help with anxiety. Oh and cutting back on caffeine..
Jedda
October 29th, 2014 6:47am
Yes - to schedule time in your daily or weekly routine where you actively relax, meditate or be calm.
CariAngelica9
November 2nd, 2014 8:38am
I was anxious too, and I admit, it was hard. But then, I started doing things I love : drawing, writing, reading and dancing. It really helps and it releases endorphines which actually 'makes' panic attacks and makes you feel anxious.
Anonymous
November 11th, 2014 10:21am
Anxiety is caused by your body producing adrenaline, exercising can use up that adrenaline rather than it building up in your system causing symptoms because it has no where to go.
OliverC
November 14th, 2014 1:05am
Absolutely! I've found that breathing exercises, watching what kind of media I consume (comedy vs horror, etc), my ability to exercise, and how frequently I do things I'm scared of--all these things affect my general level of anxiety. It's also a good idea to try your best to be proud of the little things, rather than disappointed about big, huge things: "Yay! I am out of bed and showered earlier than usual!" versus "Ugh, look at this messy house, and all I've done is clean myself." y'know?
Anonymous
November 18th, 2014 4:20am
there are things you can do to avoid your trigger. it also helps to work out often so that you can get the adrenaline of anxiety out. also i heard that eating to much sugar can make your anxiety worse and from my experience it is true
Stevie1
October 10th, 2014 12:23am
Sure! Becoming organized and have a planner could definitely help with your anxiety. Being prepared does wonders!
Anonymous
October 31st, 2014 12:42pm
There are! You can make an effort to get adequate sleep each night, cut out caffiene, take herbal supplements, use aromatherapy (lavendar is calming and, on the real, smells amazing!), meditate (there are some wonderful and helpful videos on youtube) and exercise (it doesn't need to be super intense--a nice brisk walk will do!). Try any and all of these, and see which one makes a difference for you!
TaylorK17
November 2nd, 2014 10:07pm
I think exercise is a great way to relieve anxiety. Becoming a physically healthy person does wonders for your mental health as well.
SarahLorraine
November 2nd, 2014 11:35pm
Yes. :) -Get plenty of rest. -Eat a healthy diet -Exercise -Talk about your feelings, rather than bottle them up -Try things to distract yourself when you feel it coming on (i.e. read a book, watch a movie, call a friend) We are all here when you need someone to talk to. You are not alone. :)
Wes2
November 4th, 2014 9:06am
Absolutely. Identify what your triggers are and learn how to address them. What sets you off? What person or situation or task? Find out what it is about that thing that causes your anxiety, and either find a healthy way to avoid it or find a new way to approach it.
Nervana1
November 5th, 2014 4:48pm
By praying in your exact time and by embracing positivity and know for sure you deserve the best no matter the circumstances that might brought you down in your life
KaySea
November 8th, 2014 12:51am
There are a lot of things that can help! Making sure you are exercising (yoga is great) often is a good start. Your diet is an influence as well so avoid alcohol, and sugary things and eat more veggies! Other than that, have a good support system.
TheMasonJar
November 12th, 2014 5:07am
Remove any stressful things from your life that you can and eat bananas. As crazy as it sounds, eating bananas can help with anxiety and even depression too. Trust me, I tried it.
Anonymous
November 14th, 2014 4:13pm
You can always start by eating healthier, you can exercise, do the things you love, sleep properly and drink a lot of water, spend time with your friends
RegularSoul
November 15th, 2014 8:29am
I think that if you find out what triggers your anxiety the choose to refrain from running into them, that just might help.
CrimsonRising
November 16th, 2014 1:15am
Lifestyle changes help immensely with anxiety! The biggest one may possible be RESEARCH! Driving to a new place may be overwhelming - research the direction or use google maps to know just what to expect! Come up with plans to overcome any possible obstacles. Miss a freeway exit? Research a backup route to your destination. Research can help know exactly what to expect in many situations, can be done in the comfort of your own home and can really help take the extra edge off of anxiety.
Anonymous
November 18th, 2014 3:41pm
try to focus on one good thing everyday,and do it as a routine everyday for at least a month, go go!
Anonymous
April 8th, 2015 4:27pm
Yes, sleepwell and not too late. it really helps. also whenever you feel anxious you can do breathing exercises it usually helps. you can do it everyday for 5 mins it will help alot you'll calm down for sure.
Anonymous
June 8th, 2015 1:07am
first and foremost figuring out what causes your anxiety and find ways to cope with it, but you can also find activities that you find relaxing (this will be different for everyone). these activities could be calming nature (such as yoga/meditation etc) or could be high energy and a way to let out stress (such as boxing, karate etc). i personally think eating well/healthy is just a good way to take care of your body. its also just about being self-aware and know what situations you can handle at what point and constantly trying to slowly push yourself out of your comfort zone (babysteps)
isby18
July 21st, 2015 8:28pm
Eat healthier and be sure to exercise. Research anxiety relief and try different tactics. Try to get away from situations that raise your anxiety.