Self-Care Habits That Can Help With Anxiety
Anyone who's ever suffered with anxiety will know that it's one of the most horrible things to have to deal with on a daily basis. Anxiety can be caused by many different things and for every person who suffers from anxiety, triggers, the cause, and even the symptoms can be different.
However, the one common thing that anxiety has is that it's not a physical illness, but a mental illness, and therefore can't be seen on the outside, so to the outside world someone could be appearing to be coping really well and not have any issues or even have the perfect life, but on the inside they feel like everything is falling apart and they just don't know how to cope.
That's why self-care is even more important when people are suffering with anxiety, so if you have any form of anxiety, then hopefully in this post we'll be able to share with you some self care habits that you can start to implement that may be able to help you at least alleviate some of the symptoms of your anxiety.
Getting daily exercise even if it's just a 20 minute brisk walk per day is something that is important for everyone's health. If you are suffering from anxiety, although it can be challenging to get yourself out of the house and into the fresh air, it's something that can actually make a huge positive difference. Getting your body moving will release the hormones and chemicals to your brain that make you feel good, and you also feel the benefit of being in nature which can be calming, plus you're getting exercise which helps with your overall health and it will make you feel better so allowing yourself to do this each day is something that it's important.
Meditation has been shown to have positive benefits to physical and mental health and can help you relax. For anxiety sufferers, this is even more important since thoughts are something that tend to control you or try to control you, whereas meditation helps you to drown out those thoughts and become more centered within yourself. Meditation can also help with things like sleeping which can be affected by anxiety.
Talking to people:
Everyone deals with anxiety in different ways, and whilst there is no right or wrong way to be dealing with anxiety, talking to someone who understands what you're going through and doesn't try to invalidate your feelings or experiences and who can possibly help you find out about different support groups in your area. Or even look at websites such as those by Louise Stanger who can help put you in touch with different resources and information about dealing with anxiety and mental health issues.
Eating and sleeping right:
Ensuring that you're always getting enough sleep at night and that you're eating correctly are also simple things that you do each day that can also help with your anxiety, so although it can be tempting to curl up on the sofa and fall asleep watching TV whilst eating a takeaway pizza, it's important to get into the habit of a good bedtime routine and eating balanced foods that help you feel good and nourished.