Three Ways to Lower Your Anxiety

by | Mar 15, 2020 | Lifestyle, Personal Development

“Nothing diminishes anxiety faster than action.”
— Walter Anderson

Feelings of anxiety can arise when we least expect them. However, learning to manage them can lead to a happier and healthier life. You have the power to control how you respond to stressful situations, so here are three ways to lower your anxiety.

1.Be Solution Oriented

Anxiety frequently stems from fear. Fear of the unknown, fear of the worst possible outcome, or fear of failure. We dwell on the negative things that may happen and work ourselves up to the point of being extremely stressed. A productive way to lower your anxiety in situations like these is to put your energy into actionable steps. Think of solutions that will reduce the occurrence of the negative outcomes you’ve imagined. Start implementing those instead of investing time in the thoughts that cause your anxiety.

2. Breathe

When you’re in the middle of an anxiety-inducing event, your heart starts to beat faster and your breathing becomes more shallow. You may feel your blood racing through your veins and hear your heartbeat in your ears. The last thing you’re thinking about is taking a deep breath, but that’s exactly what your body needs in order to slow things down. When you’re experiencing anxiety, the fastest way to calm your brain’s response is to focus on your breathing. One relaxation technique that may be helpful is the 4-7-8 method. Click here to read more about it.     

3. Nurture Your Body Through Your Diet

You can lower your anxiety naturally by being mindful of what you eat and drink. Studies show that maintaining even blood sugar levels throughout the day helps you feel more calm and less anxious. To prevent your blood sugar from spiking or dropping too low, avoid skipping meals, eating processed foods and consuming too much caffeine. Foods containing magnesium, zinc, omega-3 fatty acids and probiotics have also been shown to reduce anxiety symptoms. 

“Life is 10 percent what you experience and
90 percent how you respond to it.”
 —Dorothy M. Neddermeyer

Anxiety can make you feel like you are helpless, when in reality, you are capable of overcoming your fear. Use these three tips to lower your anxiety and start the journey of taking back your mental peace.