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5 Great Ways To Calm Anxiety

5 Great Ways To Calm Anxiety

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Anxiety is a complex mental condition that has many degrees from mild to severe. Most sufferers would describe it as an uneasy feeling of fear or worry that sometimes has many triggers. Although nearly everyone experiences mild anxiety every now and then, the number of cases of severe anxiety has recently skyrocketed. According to research, one in six people report experiencing a common mental health problem in any given week in England. Here a few ways to calm anxiety and prevent it from getting severe;

Get good sleep

Getting the right amount of sleep at night is very important. During this period, the mind and body get refreshed, so you have clarity when you wake up. Enough sleep helps to stabilise your moods, which enables you to go through your daily activities easier. Try to smoothen out your sleep pattern by trying to go to bed consistently at the same time each night. Eventually, your body will pick up on the routine, and you are likely to begin to feel sleepy around that time on the subsequent nights. 

Learn to pause and breathe

Taking deep breaths often help you to regulate anxious physical symptoms. Your body gets access to more oxygen, and your mind gets a break to reflect. While breathing in deeply, you can take your mind off the stressful situation and gain a new perspective on what’s happening. Remember to stop and take a deep breath whenever you start to feel anxious or stressed. Schedule some free time for yourself to do things that you find relaxing. You could practice yoga, listen to music, meditate or get a massage. Stepping back from stressful situations helps to clear your head. 

Eat a balanced diet

Having a healthy diet is essential for your body because it provides you with all the nutrients you need to have a peaceful yet energetic lifestyle. A balanced diet helps balance out your hormones, allowing you to regulate your moods and emotions better. Moreover, certain supplements such as cbd gummies and meals that contain the proper amount of Omega-3 have been found to calm anxiety in some individuals.

Figure out your triggers

You can try observing your routine to help you fish out your triggers. Some triggers may be obvious and others not so obvious so you can write in a journal to help you keep track. It may enable you to notice and rule out some foods, events or habits. Consulting a therapist can also help you point out some more triggers. 

Block out anxious thoughts

Whenever you begin to feel stressed or anxious concerning a situation, search your mind for a similar event which occurred in the past and turned out fine. Recalling such events will help you calm down, and assure you that everything will be alright and that there’s no need to be stressed.

In most cases, anxiety is no cause for alarm. However, when you are anxious for quite a period, or your anxiety negatively affects multiple aspects of your life, you may need to seek treatment. If you have an anxiety disorder, undergoing psychotherapy or online therapy can be of great help.


Time Needed

Time needed

You may or may not have noticed that our blog has been rather quite lately, well since spring if I’m honest. If you hadn’t noticed then it isn’t a problem of course, but I will explain the reason as to why our blog has been quiet.

Back in spring…

Our blog has been quiet since spring because this was the time I think I began to realise that I could no longer carry on pretending and had to stop with the constant worrying about what tomorrow would bring and just concentrate on the now. I am a known worrier – I just can’t help it and it bugs the hell out of Ian. I am always worrying about other people and hardly ever stop to think about myself. Do you find yourself doing the same?

On one of my lowest days back in spring Ian came home from work on his lunch break (he never does this) he came home to check on me and to see if I was OK. Upon his arrival home, no I wasn’t OK and he had walked-in to myself being in floods of tears and in a right state. I just felt like I had the weight of the world on my shoulders and I just couldn’t carry on anymore. On this day I had just had enough!

Things became more apparent…

I think on this day it became more apparent that I was having a breakdown. Back then I think my health problems played a massive part as it felt like they were winning, I was having to live day-by-day, not knowing how I was going to feel when I woke up which then had a knock-on affect to my job and I just felt like I was letting everyone down all the time. It just got to the point where painting a smile on my face and carrying on wasn’t working anymore. I did not feel in control anymore.

Back then I was working part-time as a carer support worker. My employer was fantastic and totally understanding but this didn’t stop me from feeling bad and like I was letting everyone down. I found that I was spending more time off sick than I was at work.

Things had to change…

It absolutely broke my heart and it was extremely hard to do but I resigned from my position as a carer/support worker. After a long chat with Ian he helped me realise that I just couldn’t carry on the way I was. Time out was desperately needed to help my health.

So, in the past 7 months I have been taking things day-by-day. I am now on medication to help with my depression. I do still have anxiety attacks but they are now few and far between, this has to be a good sign right?. I still have trouble sleeping but I am looking into ways to help with this. I now have things in place around the home to help make day-to-day life a little easier. I will be writing a post on things that I found and help me cope and carry on. Things which are still in place today.

Slowly gaining control…

My health conditions will always be there and I have now gotten use to that. I don’t like it but I have found my own way of accepting it. I am no longer going to dwell on what I can’t do because I am going to be to busy enjoying what I can do. I am not one for sitting around doing nothing so I am going to enjoy getting back to blogging again.

Ian and the boy’s have been my rock over the past few months. I really can’t thank them enough for helping me through. There is so much to share with you all but all that can be done in future posts.

Taking time out really has helped. There really is support out there for everyone. No one should have to suffer alone. Here is a link to >>> Mind <<< for anyone looking to seek help or support.

Always remember “it is OK to NOT be OK”