Living through a pandemic was not anyones radar at the beginning of 2020 and mental health struggles have increased massively. One such issue is anxiety and it can be debilitating. Here are some our tips for living with anxiety and learning to manage it.
What exactly are the symptoms of anxiety? Well each person is different but there are a number of physical and mental symptoms that might appear including:
- Faster heart rate
- Loss of appetite
- Chest Pains
- Intrusive thoughts
- Loss of concentration
- Feeling tense
- Uncontrollable overthinking
- Stomach issues
Everyone experiences anxiety to some level. Perhaps before a job interview, test or during an argument… However, some of us are living with anxiety that interferes with our daily life and can affect our relationships, job performance and studies.
Here are some tips that we have found to be useful to manage our own anxiety:
Write Down Your Thoughts
Something we have found to be incredibly effective, is putting pen to paper and writing. Sometimes just putting your thoughts into words can be cathartic when you feel your mind racing. What is making you anxious? Write it down. This was one of the reasons we founded TalkThirtea!
Get Fresh Air
These last 18 months have been stifling for all of us. Getting some fresh air and a brisk walk outside (even 15 minutes) can really help alleviate some of your anxiety.
Talk It Out
I know when you feel anxious, sometimes you feel like isolating yourself. You don’t want to cause a scene or worry people. However, talking to a loved one or even a professional can really unburden you. They might offer you some advice that puts things into perspective. And people really do care.
Stop and Breathe
If you suffer with anxiety or panic attacks, you might’ve experienced a shortness of breath and sometimes it feels like something heavy is on your chest. Focus on your breathing e.g. 4 seconds breathe in, 4 seconds breathe out… This will help slow down your heart rate and hopefully ease your anxiety.
Personally, I have found yoga to be excellent at reducing my anxiety. I find that the mornings I skip my yoga with adrienne session, are the days I am less centered and feel edgy. And yoga is for people of all ages and abilities and doesn’t always mean headstands. Yoga with adrienne on youtube is an excellent free resource. Please try it out for 10 minutes and see if it helps alleviate your symptoms!
These are just some of the ways we are experiencing living with anxiety and learning to manage it. We are by no means expert on this subject and recommend you speak with a mental health expert. If you have any tips of your own or would like to share your own anxiety stories, we would love to hear from you!