Anxiety is a feeling that many of us experience at some point in our lives. For some, it can be a daily struggle, causing overthinking, panic attacks, and difficulty in winding down. If you are a millennial who is doing well in your career, but is experiencing increasing anxiety, it can be hard to know where to turn. The good news is that there are things you can try today to reduce your anxiety and take back control of your life.
- Practice mindfulness. Mindfulness is a form of meditation that involves paying attention to the present moment without judgment. It can be a powerful tool for reducing anxiety, as it helps you to focus on the present instead of worrying about the future or dwelling on the past. There are many free mindfulness apps available that can guide you through mindfulness exercises.
- Get moving. Exercise is one of the most effective ways to reduce anxiety. It helps to release endorphins, which are the body’s natural mood-boosters. Even just a brisk walk around the block can make a big difference.
- Prioritize sleep. A good night’s sleep is essential for managing anxiety. Make sure that you are getting at least 7-9 hours of sleep each night, and try to establish a consistent sleep routine.
- Connect with others. Social support is crucial for managing anxiety. Make time for family and friends, and consider joining a support group where you can connect with others who understand what you are going through.
- Use breathing exercises. When you’re feeling anxious, your breathing can become shallow and rapid. This can make the anxiety worse. By practicing deep breathing exercises, you can slow your breathing down and feel more in control.
- Challenge negative thoughts. Often, our anxious thoughts are based on irrational or negative thinking. Try to identify and challenge these thoughts, and replace them with more positive and realistic thinking.
- Try progressive muscle relaxation. This technique involves tensing and relaxing different muscle groups in your body. It can help to reduce physical tension, which can contribute to anxiety.
- Consider therapy. If your anxiety has become so severe that it is impacting your daily life and it is hard to control, it may be time to seek professional help.
- Stay active and engage in things you love. Whether that be taking on new hobbies, or continuing to engage in the ones you love, try to find things that bring you joy and engage with them daily.
At Coastal Therapy and Wellness, we understand the struggles that come with anxiety, and we are here to help. Our team of therapists are dedicated to providing a safe and supportive environment where you can explore your feelings, learn new strategies for managing anxiety, and build the tools you need to take back control of your life. Reach out to us today to schedule an appointment and start your journey towards healing and wellness.