Tips & Tricks

Tips to manage anxiety and stress

We all deal with stress at some point in our lives. For a presentation, exam, doctor’s appointment. Sometimes that stress turns into anxiety. It may be once, it may be permanent. Whatever the reason may be, I’m here to share some coping strategies!

  1. Time-out

Practice yoga, listen to music, meditate, get a massage, or learn relaxation techniques. Taking a step back from the problem will help clear your mind.

2. Well-balanced meals

Don’t skip meals. Keep healthy, energy-boosting snacks on hand.

3. Alcohol and caffeine

Limit both, as it can worsen anxiety and cause panic attacks.

4. Sleep

When you’re stressed, your body needs extra sleep and rest.

5. Exercise

Do this daily to help you feel good and maintain your health. Let me give some fitness tips to stay healthy and manage stress. For the greatest benefit from exercise, try at least 2Β½ hours of moderate-intensity physical activity per week, 1ΒΌ hours of vigorous activity, or a combination of the two. But let’s start small. Start with 5 x 30. Jog, walk, bike or dance three to five times a week for 30 minutes. Set small daily goals, frequency is very important. Walk every day for 15-20 minutes, for example. Find forms of exercise that you find enjoyable. It can be classes or group activities, or solo pursuits. Anything works. Distract yourself by listening to something that you’ll enjoy. And if that doesn’t work, recruit an exercise buddy. That helps you to stay committed. But don’t forget to be patient when you start exercising. It might take a couple of days, weeks even to feel coordinated and in shape.

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6. Deep breaths

Inhale and exhale slowly. Count to 10, repeat. Count to 20 if necessary.

7. Acceptance

Do your best, don’t aim for perfection. Just be proud of however close you get. And accept that you can’t control everything. Put your stress in perspective.

8. Positivity

Try to welcome humour, because as we all know, a good laugh goes a long way. Make an effort to replace negative thoughts with positive ones.

9. Get involved

Volunteer or find another way to be active in your community. It helps you to create a supportive network and gives you a break from everyday stress.

10. Triggers

Is it work, family, school, or anything else that you can identify? Write in a journal when you feel stressed or anxious and look for a pattern.

Person Writing on White Paper

11. Talk

Tell friends and family that you feel overwhelmed and how they can help you. Talk to a doctor or therapist for professional help.

Love, Deem/Skye Lewis ❀

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16 thoughts on “Tips to manage anxiety and stress

  1. Thanks for the helpful list. Have you read Making Friends With Anxiety? by Sarah Rayner? I just finished it…she explains so beautifully why exercise works. Lots of good stuff in her book. I plan to write about her book on my blog in the next few days.

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