- Take a time-out. Practice
yoga, listen to music, meditate, get a massage, or learn relaxation techniques.
Stepping back from the problem helps clear your head.
- Eat well-balanced
meals. Do not skip any meals. Do keep healthful,
energy-boosting snacks on hand.
- Limit alcohol and
caffeine, which can aggravate anxiety and
trigger panic attacks.
- Get enough sleep. When
stressed, your body needs additional sleep and rest.
- Exercise daily to
help you feel good and maintain your health. Check out the fitness tips below.
- Take deep breaths.
Inhale and exhale slowly.
- Count to 10 slowly.
Repeat, and count to 20 if necessary.
- Do your best.
Instead of aiming for perfection, which isn’t possible, be proud of however
close you get.
- Accept that you
cannot control everything. Put your stress
in perspective: Is it really as bad as you think?
- Welcome humour.
A good laugh goes a long way.
- Maintain a positive
attitude. Make an effort to replace negative
thoughts with positive ones.
- Get involved. Volunteer
or find another way to be active in your community, which creates a support
network and gives you a break from everyday stress.
- Learn what triggers
your anxiety. Is it work, family, school, or
something else you can identify? Write in a journal when you’re feeling
stressed or anxious and look for a pattern.
- Talk to someone. Tell
friends and family you’re feeling overwhelmed, and let them know how they can
help you. Talk to a physician or therapist for professional help.