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Managing Anxiety: Practical Tips for Finding Calm

Updated: Mar 27

Anxiety can be an overwhelming force in our lives, but it doesn’t have to control us. With the right strategies, we can learn to manage it effectively. Here are some practical tips to help you find your calm.


Understand Your Anxiety

Anxiety is a natural response to stress, but when it becomes constant or overwhelming, it can interfere with daily activities. Recognising the symptoms is the first step to managing them.


Simple Strategies to Alleviate Anxiety

  • Practice Mindful Breathing: Slow, deep breaths can help reset your stress response. Try inhaling for a count of four, holding for a count of 4, and exhaling for a count of four. Repeat.

  • Stay Active: Regular exercise, like walking or yoga, releases endorphins and can significantly reduce anxiety.

  • Eat Well: A balanced diet can stabilise your mood and energy levels.

  • Limit Caffeine and Alcohol: Both can exacerbate anxiety and should be consumed in moderation.

  • Get Enough Sleep: Aim for 7-9 hours of quality sleep each night to help your body and mind recover.

  • Talking: Sometimes sharing experiences with others can provide comfort and insights, particularly if they are facing similar challenges

  • Push yourself: Doing things that are slightly out of our comfort zone (not overwhelmingly so) can expand our ‘normal’ and lessen fear.


When to Seek Professional Help

If anxiety is affecting your ability to live your life, it may be time to seek professional help. Therapists can provide strategies and support tailored to your needs.

Remember, it’s okay to ask for help, and taking steps to manage your anxiety is a sign of strength, not weakness.

I hope you find these tips helpful. If you’re feeling overwhelmed, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me. Remember, you’re not alone in this.

Photo by Uday Mittal on Unsplash

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