Developing stress and anxiety isn’t fun, but there are ways that you can cope with it. Here are 6 of them!
Accept your anxiety.
What if you could take a step back from your stress and anxiety, and just accept it? It would be like accepting an invitation to a party that you’re dreading going to.
Acceptance is a process.
Acceptance is a skill.
Acceptance is about letting go of control.
Acceptance is about letting go of the past, so you can move forward in the present moment into the future with grace and gratitude for all that has happened – good or bad – along the way
Practice mindful stress reduction.
To help manage your stress and anxiety, try practicing mindful stress reduction. Mindfulness meditation is a type of meditation that focuses on being aware of the present moment.
It’s simple, but not easy. You can start by taking five minutes to focus on what you’re feeling in your body as you sit or lie down somewhere quiet. It can be helpful to keep your eyes closed and focus on your breath—taking long breaths in through your nose followed by long breaths out through your mouth. This will help calm you down so that negative thoughts don’t take over when you’re feeling stressed out.
Practice meditation and breathing exercises.
- Breathing exercises. Whether you choose to practice guided breathing, or simply breathe in a way that feels comfortable and natural, controlling your breath can be very helpful. Breathing exercises can help you relax and clear your mind of unnecessary thoughts.
- Meditation. Meditation is a great way to relax, especially if you don’t have the time or energy to go out for a walk but still need some relief from the stresses of everyday life. You can do it anywhere! Even while walking down the street listening to music on headphones at work will help clear your mind so that when something stressful happens later on in your day (and it will), meditation will give you something else positive with which to think about rather than dwelling on whatever just happened or what might happen next week when everything goes wrong again because apparently this is how life works…
Seek professional help.
If you are finding it difficult to cope with stress or anxiety, it could be a sign that you need professional help. If you have been struggling for some time and nothing seems to be working for you, don’t hesitate to see your doctor about medication or therapy. It may be a good idea to get a referral from your doctor so that they can help find the right professional for your needs.
The types of professionals include:
- Therapist – A trained mental health professional who can assist with issues related to moods, emotions and behaviors
- Psychologist – A mental health professional with advanced education in clinical psychology and/or counseling skills
- Clinical psychologist – A specialist in diagnosing emotional problems as well as treating them
Look for strength in numbers.
‘If you feel like you’re overwhelmed with anxiety, reach out to a loved one or find a group of people who share your symptoms. Join a support group for sufferers and meet up with other people who can relate to what you’re going through. Talking about your stress issues with others can help alleviate some of the burden that comes from it.’
Seek hobbies to distract and reconnect with yourself.
Hobbies can be an excellent way to relieve stress and anxiety, as well as connect with other people. They can also help you learn new skills or give back to the community.
Here are some hobbies that may interest you:
- Yoga – Yoga is a low-impact exercise that can help reduce stress and anxiety by encouraging mindfulness, which in turn helps regulate your mind and body.
- Writing – Whether it’s writing poetry or keeping a diary, writing offers an outlet for your thoughts and feelings so that they don’t overwhelm you completely. If you’re not sure where to start with this hobby, check out [this article](https://www.livemint.com/lifestyle/hobbies/5-simple-ways-to-start-your-own-hobby).
Having stress and anxiety isn’t fun but there are ways to manage it.
Stress and anxiety can be managed.
Accepting it. Relaxation techniques, such as meditation and breathing exercises, can help you accept your feelings of stress and anxiety by allowing a release or relief from these negative emotions. The practice of mindful stress reduction is an effective tool for managing stress and anxiety because it teaches you how to relax at any moment during the day—even when you are sitting in traffic!
Seeking professional help is another option for those struggling with stress and anxiety. Mental health professionals provide individuals with support, guidance, education, insight into their personal struggles with mental illness and tools for coping with daily life challenges that may stem from experiencing severe symptoms of mental illness like depression or bipolar disorder (see this article).
It’s hard to deal with stress and anxiety but know that everyone has been there. You don’t have to go through it alone either. Reach out to friends, family or professionals if you need help, they will be there for you.