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How To Quickly Manage Your Anxiety With 9 Strategies

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Have you thought about what to do when anxious? Well, I have!

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Anxious thoughts, feelings of anxiety, and panic attacks all affect me in my everyday life and I’m sure they affect you too!

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1. Interrupt Your Thoughts/ Worry Time

When you are feeling anxious it is important to think about your thoughts and where they are going. This system of interrupting your thoughts is often taught in cognitive behavioural therapy, but here are a few tips to get you to stay in the present moment. 

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  • The first step is to determine your negative thoughts. The best way to do this is to test it out! What thoughts make your heart rate go up?
  • Next step is to figure out why these make you anxious. Your anxiety symptoms often come from your thoughts, so it is important to ask yourself why. Keep asking why to each one of your thoughts. For example, I get anxious about talking in public. Why? Because I don’t want people to think I’m dumb. Why? Because I think I’m dumb. Why? I don’t get good grades. Why? Because I have ADHD. How can you help that? Setting more time away to study than my peers do. 

2. Go Outside

Whether it is cold or hot, going outside is a great way to breathe some fresh air and feel more at peace.

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My Recommendations:

  • Get some comfy slides or boots that you can keep by your door so it is easy to go outside.
  • Get a chair that you can sit in so you aren’t just standing awkwardly outside. Put the chair in your yard, or porch, or keep it right inside the door so you can take it out.
  • Try putting on some noise-canceling headphones and tuning out the world. Here is a link to my favorite noise-canceling earbuds! If you don’t have the money to buy those, I highly suggest buying some earplugs, here is a link to my favorite ones that are reusable and cute!. I have a whole blog post about earplugs for ADHD and it has very similar benefits for anxiety as well!!
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3. Embrace The Cold

The cold is my favorite rip for when you are anxious because

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Take advantage of the cold when you have anxiety and breathe in the relief!!#anxiety #anxietyrelief

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My Recommendations:

  • Embrace getting cold especially before times you know you get anxious. If you get anxious before bed, then try to sit outside and breathe in some cool air etc.
  • Get some comfy house shorts, tank tops, and slides that you can wear around to cool off when you get too hot!
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4. Get Active

​The physical symptoms of anxiety can be helped if you can just get active! The best thing to do is go on a long walk. In the long run, a walk is better for your anxiety than running (no pun intended) because it is more relaxing. 

My Recommendations:

  • Breaking up some anxiety in your body is easiest when you walk!
  • Build some muscle! Muscle building is the best way to loosen your anxiety and work out the anxious feelings in your body.

5. Bake, Cook, Garden, Or Another Hobby

Investing time in a relaxing hobby is a good way to feel more at ease and chill out. Embrace your other relaxation techniques by deep breathing and staying in the moment while doing your hobby.

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6. Eat Healthy Foods

Eating healthier can help you feel less anxious! Eating healthy can also give you something to focus on that isn’t the root of your anxiety.

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Focus on eating whole foods and getting a variety of fruits, vegetables, and legumes in throughout the week!

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7. Prioritize Sleep

Sleep is so important when considering anxiety. You have to be so careful to get enough sleep in when thinking about anxiety. How do you expect your anxiety to get better when your brain isn’t getting time to refresh!

My Recommendations:

  • Have a nighttime routine. Make sure that you stick to the routine every night for this to work.
  • Take a bath to calm down and relax as often as possible.
  • Drink a cup of tea before bed to warm up and cool down!

8. Mindfulness Meditation/ Deep Breathing

Try out being mindful of your everyday life and combine that with deep breathing to get the full benefits.

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9. Drink Cold Water

Cold is the best tip, but more specifically drink cold water! Cold water gives you something to do like making an ice water and walk around with your cold glass.

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