I’ve always been a naturally anxious person, but I’ve never wanted to go on medication. Over the years, I’ve realized that there are ways in which I can think and act that help me reduce a lot of my anxiety. Sure, things pop up and I have my moments. But on a daily basis I feel really mellow and good about life. Here are 10 ways that I eliminate stress from my daily life that could really help you, too:
Keep Perspective. Often times we get stressed out because situations aren’t going how we want them to and it can send us into a tizzy of anxiety and even result in that overwhelming doomsday feeling. I’ve found the most important thing to do is to look at the situation objectively and see that things really aren’t as bad as they seem and also that it could be a lot worse. This allows us to stop having a pity party over a situation, calm down, and fix our problems, which in turn reduces anxiety. Keeping perspective also gives you the opportunity to appreciate all of the good things in your life. Cut out negative people. Have you ever noticed that certain people bring you down and make you more stressed out? Either their negative attitude towards their own life stresses you out or their negative actions towards you cause you stress – and sometimes it’s even both. It’s important to learn to stand up for yourself, recognize what’s best for you and your happiness, and stop associating with these types of people.
Take time away from technology. Always being attached to social media and technology in general can lead to a lot of anxiety. Always being focused on something else leaves you with no time to check in with yourself and have some quiet time to really think about things in your life constructively or to have some quiet time to mellow out and relax. On top of that, we use social media as a means of getting approval from other people, which can cause low self-esteem, which can cause a lot of stress. Instead of making superficial connections online, work on connecting with people in person. A human connection will always make you happier than an online one.
Talk to someone you love. This piggy backs off of the previous one. Take time to connect with someone you care a lot about – whether it be a family member, a friend, or your significant other. You can talk to them about your issues and work them out with them, which will make you feel less stressed. You can talk to them about some of their issues and help them solve them, which will make you feel productive and good about yourself. Or you can just talk about positive things together and use the conversation to recharge.
Do something active. Working out can help A TON with anxiety. You get to work out aggression and do something that releases endorphins to make you happier. I’ve noticed I’m always way more stressed on weeks I don’t spend working out that much.
Make to-do lists. Sometimes life feels overwhelming because we have so much to do. Writing down a list of things that need to get done can help make completing all of the tasks seems much more manageable. Also, it’s a great feeling every time you check something off of the list. That way you’re focusing on what you’ve already accomplished and not what still needs to get done.
Reduce your caffeine intake. If you’re someone that drinks a lot of caffeine, reducing your anxiety could be as simple as reducing your caffeine consumption. Caffeine raises your heartrate, which can make you feel a lot more anxious. Try to only have caffeine if you’re really tired or if you’re going to be able to burn it right off.
Sleep more. Getting in enough sleep has so many physical and mental health benefits. Your body needs to repair overnight for you to function properly. Feeling like you’re running on empty can really contribute to feeling more stressed throughout the day because you don’t have the energy to get everything done. Also, the more you sleep, the less caffeine you need.
Change your surroundings. If your job is stressing you out – whether it be because of your co-workers or the nature of your job – , it could be a good idea to find a different one that will make you feel more at peace throughout the day. Also, living in a big crowded area could contribute to your anxiety because there’s no real place for you to take time for yourself and breathe. Try moving to a quieter area and see how it affects your daily stress.
Control the things you can, accept the things you can’t. This is by far the most important aspect of reducing your daily anxiety. If there is something in your life that is causing you stress and you can fix it, fix it. Don’t just complain about it because you are only perpetuating your own misery. On the other hand, if there is something in your life that is causing your stress that you can’t fix, let it go. There’s no use working yourself up over something you can’t change because getting upset won’t make it any better. Instead, redirect your energy in a more positive direction.