15 Ways To Stop Feeling Anxious:
Welcome to CURE KEEPING Health blog. When you’re feeling anxious, you’re probably not feeling your best. You’re tense, nervous, and worried about what might happen next or what happened in the past.
Luckily, there are plenty of ways to combat anxiety so that you can get back to feeling yourself again and focus on enjoying life rather than just worrying about it. Read more to learn the 15 ways to stop feeling anxious and get back in control of your life today!
15 Ways to Stop Yourself Down
- Don’t overthink things
- Overthinking makes things worse
- Don’t compare yourself to others
- Don’t get caught up in the past
- Learn from your mistakes
- You can always change direction
- Keep track of your thoughts
- Improve your sleep habits
- Get active
- Engage with others
- Always think Positive
- Stop Deep Thinking
- Keep Busy Yourself
- Have Good Friends
- Get a ride from your past
1) Don’t overthink things
Overthinking isn’t just a problem for anxious people. In fact, all of us probably overthink things on occasion.
When you are confronted with a difficult situation—whether it’s something as simple as getting stuck in traffic or having an argument with your partner—there is often nothing to be gained by spinning stories in your head and generating thoughts like, What is she thinking? or This can never work out!
Put some distance between yourself and your feelings by taking a few slow, deep breaths. Doing so will help to reduce anxiety.
2) Overthinking makes things worse
It’s easy to feel anxious about a job interview, a first date, or your kid’s math test. That nervousness is understandable.
But research shows that people who have anxiety disorders (which include generalized anxiety disorder, social anxiety disorder and panic disorder) tend to ruminate over situations they can’t control—sometimes even when there are no facts to be concerned about. If you find yourself feeling anxious in situations where there’s no basis for it, try to stop yourself from thinking negatively.
Try going on an outing with your friends or spending time with family members; doing something distracting can help you get over these episodes more quickly than if you let them fester in your mind.
3) Don’t compare yourself to others
It is a recipe for anxiety and unhappiness. When you focus on being better than others, rather than becoming your best self, you put yourself in a competition that you can never win—with yourself or anyone else. Instead of competing with other people, focus on your own progress and aim to beat what you did yesterday, last week or last month.
You’ll quickly see that others are doing just as much as you but they may be improving at different rates. This is true in any field but especially important when it comes to mental health: no one gets there overnight—even if they appear to.
4) Don’t get caught up in the past
We all know people who are consumed by what-ifs. They can’t seem to let go of something that happened long ago. The biggest danger in letting past regrets ruin your present is that you may miss out on today, which could be a happier day than yesterday—if only you would stop reliving your failures or missed opportunities.
Don’t miss out on life because you can’t move on from what has happened. Don’t forget about it, but don’t let it control your every thought either.
Learn to live in a way that doesn’t cause unnecessary stress for yourself over what has happened and instead, appreciates today for its potential regardless of how things went in previous days or weeks or months.
5) Learn from your mistakes
Everyone makes mistakes—it’s part of being human. Everyone also has their own anxiety triggers; if you do, your first reaction will be to avoid what causes you stress. If a particular situation always brings up bad memories or feelings, try doing something about it. Learn from your mistakes and build yourself back up by taking action.
For example, if public speaking is one of your triggers, volunteer to give a speech at an event you’re interested in going to anyway.
The more comfortable you are with each situation, the less anxiety they will cause you in future.
6) You can always change direction
You’re not locked into any certain behaviour just because you’ve started it. You can choose to stop or change at any time. Be honest with yourself about whether your current behaviour is moving you closer to or further away from your goal.
If what you’re doing is getting in your way, then make a new choice for yourself and get unstuck. Worrying about making a mistake will hold you back even more than making one; try trusting that there are always opportunities available to fix problems, learn from them, and move on.
Focus on feeling good right now instead of waiting until everything is perfect before you take action. Plus, every little bit helps—even if your initial efforts don’t go as planned.
7) Keep track of your thoughts
Staying in tune with your feelings is an important part of keeping anxiety in check. If you’re prone to anxiety, keep a journal by your bed so you can write down your thoughts as soon as they occur. Looking back on past anxieties can help you recognize patterns and figure out what’s behind them.
For example, maybe you realize that getting a flat tire on your way to work always sets off worrying about being late or losing money from having to pay for a tow truck. Noticing these trends will help you better understand where your anxieties are coming from and how to handle them when they arise.
It can also give you something concrete to discuss with a therapist who may be able to offer additional insight into why you experience anxiety and specific steps for managing it.
8) Improve your sleep habits
Most of us don’t get nearly enough sleep, and a poor night’s rest can really throw off your day. Tossing and turning, waking up in a panic attack, or waking up at 3:00 AM—these are all signs of poor sleep habits.
There are things you can do to put an end to these patterns. And it all starts with making better choices in how you treat your body before bedtime. The following simple steps will help ensure a good night’s rest for years to come to A.) Go to sleep at a reasonable hour:
This may seem obvious, but it’s something we often ignore. It’s tempting to lie in bed hoping that eventually, you’ll fall asleep if you just keep still long enough. Unfortunately, staring at your ceiling isn’t going to do anything besides wear down your eyelids.
You may also start thinking about other stressful things that could be keeping you awake (e.g., deadlines) which only makes matters worse and perpetuates insomnia-inducing thoughts into unproductive circles of thought.
9) Get active
Exercise is a cheap and effective way to relieve anxiety symptoms, so give it a try if you’re struggling with a bout of anxiety.
A jog in place or around your block can be enough to help release those chemicals, while more intense exercises like weights, push-ups and lunges can build strength as well as self-confidence.
And hey—while you’re at it, maybe you’ll even lose some weight! It may not seem immediately connected to your mental health, but exercise actually works wonders for stress and overall mental health. Not convinced? Check out these 5 ways exercise helps ease anxiety.
10) Engage with others
Socialization is a proven remedy for anxiety and depression, and it’s especially effective when you’re meeting new people. For example, if you’re someone who never goes out to parties or events, commit to going to one each week.
Make sure that every time you go, there are new people present so that you can have fresh conversations with new folks about topics that aren’t related to your personal life.
Being around other people will help keep your mind off any anxiety or stress in your own life. Instead of seeing it as a distraction from taking care of yourself, think of socializing as an opportunity to take care of yourself better.
11) Always think Positive
The first thing to do if you feel anxious is to start thinking positively. Make a conscious effort to avoid negative thoughts or scenarios and replace them with happy ones.
Be prepared for challenges and setbacks, but don’t let that deter you from your ultimate goal. If it helps, make a list of reasons why starting your own business would be worthwhile—and revisit it when things get tough.
12) Stop Deep Thinking
One of the most common anxiety triggers is panic over thinking that something bad is going to happen. In reality, however, you’re probably not in imminent danger. By practising deep breathing techniques regularly and stopping these negative thoughts when they pop up, you can stop yourself from feeling anxious as often.
Each time you notice yourself panicking about something minor, use your deep breathing techniques to relax and reassure yourself that everything will be okay.
When you consciously control your breathing instead of letting it happen automatically in response to anxiety, you’ll start to feel better almost immediately—and eventually only have anxious feelings when there is truly a cause for concern.
13) Keep Busy Yourself
When feeling anxious, most people are likely to head straight for a glass of wine or beer, or maybe a cigarette. If you’re trying to quit smoking, though, that might be a bad idea. While alcohol and nicotine are physically addictive substances, they aren’t mentally addictive.
This means they don’t produce all of those enjoyable side effects associated with addiction—such as relief from anxiety. In fact, excessive drinking can actually make anxiety worse (and using cigarettes to stop smoking is only slightly better).
If you find yourself feeling anxious but want to keep busy rather than drink your worries away, try doing any of these things
14 ) Have Good Friends
The emotional support of close friends and family members can have a significant impact on your mental health. Even if they’re not trained therapists, having people in your life who care about you and want to see you succeed is more helpful than you might think.
Connecting with like-minded people through community activities, volunteering, or joining a club will give you an outlet for talking about things that are stressing you out—and possibly even let you connect with others dealing with similar issues.
When it comes to getting help for anxiety, it never hurts to have someone on your side!
15 ) Get a ride from your past
Research shows that people are more anxious when they’re thinking about their lives in a forward-looking way. Thinking about your future self can also encourage you to value being organized, disciplined, and productive because doing so will benefit your future self. Read More…
This can make it difficult to have fun or be spontaneous—two of life’s greatest pleasures—and may even lead you to change your personality in ways that aren’t right for you. Write yourself a letter from your future self, describing what’s happened over the last year and how you feel about it. When you’re done, compare it with where you are now. Does anything surprise you? Does anything seem out of place?