Almost everyone suffers from stress at one time or another. But when stress turns into a chronic problem that doesn’t go away, it becomes anxiety. Anxiety is usually characterized by its longevity (six months or more), and the physical symptoms of anxiety that accompany the disorder.
Whether you’re stressed over an isolated incident or you've been suffering from an anxiety disorder for some time, there are ways to deal with your stress and reduce your anxiety.
Make a List
Make a list of what could be causing you to stress. Often times, big life changes or upcoming deadlines are the major stress factors in our lives. Once you’ve brainstormed and written down the anxiety causes, make another list of solutions. If your problem is immediately solvable, take action. If not...
Make a Change
Whether it’s changing job fields, exercising more, or cutting back on your spending, take the necessary steps toward what might help with controlling anxiety. Often times when we find ourselves constantly stressed out we’re stuck in a destructive pattern that needs to be changed. Common fixes include more sleep, less caffeine, and a better diet.
Make Time for Yourself
In today's busy world, we often forget to take care of number one: ourselves. Incorporate one thing into your life every day that makes you happy or brings you peace. Some find relaxing in a bath the way to banish worries; others enjoy a run or a good book. Whatever nourishes your mind, body, and soul is what you need to make time for.