Do you frequently find your mood is sad or worried? Maybe you've noticed a significant decrease in energy levels, both mentally and physically, and are overcome with negative feelings like guilt and helplessness. If this sounds like you, you may be one of the 40 million adults in the United States who struggle with anxiousness or may even have an anxiety disorder.
Anxiety can actually manifest itself as normal negative feelings of worry, panic, or as a fear of something. You may even be short-tempered and irritable as a result of the constant anxiety that you are feeling. Don't wait until you are easily exhausted and it becomes difficult to concentrate or sleep to get some help. While you should certainly talk to your doctor about diagnosis or finding a more long-term solution for the anxiety that you feel, there are ways to find success in managing these types of conditions.
Here are small actions you can take on your own that can help.
Don't Lose Touch
One of the most common ways nervousness can overtake your life is by isolating you away from friends, family, and social situations. When you give in to this, you slowly lose connection and become more immersed in your anxious feelings. A few tips to stay connected include:
- Find a workout buddy and sign up for a gym membership together
- Call a friend or family member after work
Consider Using Aromatherapy for Relaxation
Aromatherapy has been used for health benefits since the 11th century. t's also long been known for its ability to reduce stress. When you consider using aromatherapy for relaxation, you can take advantage of many of the benefits including:
- Boost energy levels
- Reduce headaches
- Aid in proper sleep
Many people have found it effective to combine aromatherapy with other relaxing activities, such as meditation of yoga. This can enhance the calming effects of the aromatherapy, will allowing you to become more grounded and present in the moment.
Consider Diet and Exercise
We understand that what you really want to do is stay in the house and avoid people and various situations. However, when you make yourself get out there and exercise, you'll be surprised at how much it can boost your spirits. When you exercise, endorphins are released. This is the hormone that makes you feel good. If you can force yourself to get out there and do something as simple as taking a walk around the block, you may be surprised at the difference it can make. Also, you need to consider your diet. You are what you eat. By eating healthful foods, you can fuel your body appropriately for even more exercise.
You Can Overcome
Your anxious feelings don't have to call the shots if you don't let it. These seemingly small steps can go a long way. When used along with the advice of your healthcare professional, you can overcome the symptoms and take control of your life.