Anxiety: 5 ways to bring back joy to your life

Anxiety: 5 ways to bring back joy to your life

Anxiety exists and we all seem to experience it at some level; let’s face it, we wouldn’t be human if we didn’t.

By definition, anxiety is general term for several disorders that cause a feeling of worry, fear or unease, typically about something or an event with an uncertain outcome.

These disorders affect how we feel and behave. Anxiety can be classified from mild to severe.

Though anxiety is a pretty normal reaction to stress, if you’re dealing with it in your everyday life, it may be time to bring back happiness in your life.

Here are *5* coping strategies:

“Airplane Mode” Your Time

We all think we know how to relax. Netflix and chilling, right? No. What your body really needs is daily practice relaxation techniques. Practicing yoga, taking deep breaths, listening to music or get a massage. Stepping away from the problem can help clear your head. Your mind will be more free to be able to deal with your issues.

Try setting aside 20 minutes every day― and resolve to think it through later.

Eat. Sleep. Lift. Repeat.

When you’re anxious your body is telling you it needs to feel peaceful and strong again. Eat well: Opt for fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains and lean proteins. Limit alcohol and caffeine which can trigger panic attacks. Get the right amount of sleep— not too much or too little. Lastly, exercise to send oxygen to the body so that the brain and body can function at their best. Repeat. Repeat.

Go with the flow.

Accept that you cannot control everything. Put your stress in perspective: Is it really as bad as you think? No matter how organized we are in our lives, no matter how many yellow stars we give ourselves for achieving our goals, there will always be things that we cannot control. And when situations don’t go your way you need to let go and roll with the punches. Accept the change without getting frustrated or angry. It’s taking what life gives you, rather than trying to fit a unrealistic mold. After all, when life gives you lemons… make lemonade!

Laugh.

A good laugh can also help cure your slump. Try seeing a comedy show or laugh at all the mishaps happening throughout your week. Laughing helps your muscles relax. Try learning to laugh at things even if you don’t think it’s funny.

Focus on the good.

It’s important to pay attention to the good things. A great way to fighting anxiety is to focus on the good things happening your life. Think about the beautiful people in your life. Appreciate the little things and everyday blessings. Remember that life is messy and beautiful.

All these tips will take time. Be patient.

How do you manage stress?


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