Last month we spread awareness during Mental Health Awareness Week. However, mental health is still a huge topic across the country. Stats report that in the UK 1 in 6 people are affected by anxiety and depression. Whether you experience it as fleeting feelings of unease, dread or full blown panic, anxiety is something that we all have to manage in our day to day lives. It’s important to put yourself first and make your well-being a priority.
For those times when the scales begin to tilt and the anxiety overwhelms you, it is good to have a couple of techniques up your sleeve to keep it in check!
Talk to someone you trust
Reach out to others for support. Seeking help from friends and family helps to put everything into perspective and gives you the chance to offload and work through those nagging worries.
Alternatively, if you feel that it’s having an impact on your daily life you might want to get some expert help. Taking the leap to seeing a professional can seem a bit daunting, however, having a set weekly time to discuss your feelings with someone experienced can make a huge difference.
Work through your worries
Get journal-ing! Put aside time in the morning or evening to write down all the things that are on your mind. Are your worries rational or realistic, is there anything you can do about them?
Try challenging your worries – you might find that this helps you to change your outlook.
Mindfulness for grounding
Whether it’s taking time out to meditate or just practising mindfulness as you go about your day, whenever your anxiety crops up try noticing what thoughts you are having, or what is happening in your environment. Understanding your patterns of anxiety and what triggers you are prone too, can help you make changes.
Healthy habits for a healthy mind
Looking after your physical health can do wonders for your mental wellbeing, here are three areas that are proven to impact anxiety levels:
- Healthy and regular meals – including a healthy mix of proteins, fats and complex carbs can help to level out your blood sugar levels and stop spikes and dips which can trigger or exacerbate anxiety.
- Exercise – Including some gentle exercise such as yoga, jogging or Pilates can really help to ground you and get those mood-boosting endorphins flowing. Just don’t overdo it, as overexersising is another stressor on your body that can add more fuel to the flames.
- Sleep – Get a sleep routine set up to ensure you aren’t missing out on those all-important zzz’s. Sleep has been shown to have a big impact on many psychological factors including mood and anxiety.