Manage Your Anxiety
Updated: Jun 16, 2020
The last 3 months have exposed all of us to an increased level of stress that threatens to become overwhelming. I have felt it myself and have seen the effects of this stress on my patients. Here are seven things that I have been doing and recommend to my patients to stay emotionally resilient.
Don’t not let your anxiety get out of hand during these challenging times
– Keep these 7 things in mind
Get Enough Sleep. Make sure you go to bed at a reasonable time so you will get plenty of sleep. If you have trouble falling asleep use the time for breathing or mediation exercises which can be done lying down in bed and can help with relaxation and induce sleep. There are apps that help for this such as Breathe2Relax, Oak, Relax Melodies and InsightTimer, to name a few.
Stay balanced by eating healthy food and not skipping meals. Low blood sugar can cause nervousness and irritability and increase anxiety. Healthy eating of fruits and vegetables decreases inflammation and helps you feel better.
Do at least one vigorous activity each day such as taking a walk or jog, cycling, working out, yoga, or your favorite sport.
Go outside and experience nature at least once a day.
Confide in and communicate regularly with a friend or family member. Anxiety symptoms can cause avoidance behavior. Resist the urge to withdraw and stay connected with at least one support system.
Meditate for 10 minutes a day. There are fantastic meditation apps now that make it super easy to start getting the proven health and psychological benefits of this simple practice. Apps such as Calm, Waking up, Zen, MyLife Meditation are just a few.
Be kind and loving to yourself, especially in these trying times. Treat yourself to something special that makes you feel good. You deserve it.
Doug Hasell, MD