Learning to Manage Everyday Anxiety
Feelings of anxiety can be mild, intense or anywhere in between, depending on the situation and how you react. It's natural to experience physical sensations like a pounding heart, sweaty hands, even an occasional jumpy stomach.
But theres good news, too. A little anxiety isn't such a bad thing because it helps you stay alert, focused and ready to tackle problems. Heres the catch -- you want to be the boss of it. To stay in control of anxiety, it helps to know what youre feeling and why youre feeling that way. Pinpointing situations that make you nervous can also give you a heads-up.
Experts in anxiety management say these techniques can put you in charge of your nerves:
Say it out loud. Just admitting you're feeling freaked, then focusing on the issue and making a plan to deal with it, reduces the pressure.
Pass on junk food. White flour products like cookies and cakes, candy, chips and caffeinated drinks, can all rob your body of nutrients and vitamins that will help you stay calm. So during stressful times, be sure to eat lots of protein and other healthy foods.
Move. Exercise not only helps ease those nervous feelings produced by anxiety, but also eases muscle tension. Plus, it produces the feel-good brain chemical called endorphins.