Four Ways To Combat Anxiety Today*

*This is a collaborative post*

Anxiety is something that many of us struggle with when it comes to our day to day living. It can be something that can be managed, of course, but it can often be so debilitating that is can stop us living our normal lives or doing the things we want to do. While no one really wants the symptoms of anxiety to take control, unless you take action, that’s exactly what can happen. However, like all things, taking the control back and making some changes can be the key to overcoming or at least managing your anxiety levels. Helping you to carry on live your life. At this time of year especially, anxiety can be heightened due to social interactions, commitments and events, and the general whirlwind that comes with Christmas. Which is why I thought I would share with you five ways you can start to combat anxiety today.

Admit you have a problem and seek help

One of the first things anyone who struggles with anxiety or the symptoms of it should do is admit that there is a problem or at the very least that you are struggling. You can do this to a friend or partner, a family member maybe. But if you would rather talk to a professional, then going to your doctor is the logical choice. However, getting in at the doctor can be a lengthy wait, so this is when you could speak to a Dr online to speed the process up. A doctor may advise you of some techniques to try, refer you to a therapist for some guidance, or even enable you to try other remedies. However, you won’t know what to try unless you speak to someone today, so feel the relief once you finally talk to someone.

Meditation can be a great way to relax the mind

Meditation is a great way to relax the mind and as your mind can get so heavily affected with anxiety, it's a good place to start and it is certainly an action you can begin immediately. Meditation is difficult to master at first for some, so you can always look online at websites like YouTube where there are plenty of tutorials and even guided meditations.

Exercise more

Exercise can often be the answer for mental health issues, especially things like depression and anxiety. So if you find yourself really struggling the answer might be to up your exercise regime. Get out for a walk, head out for a run, join the gym or attend a specific class. Do what it takes to get your heartrate up and start to feel the difference that regular exercise can make to your ongoing anxiety symptoms.

Focus on a positive mindset

Finally, with anxiety a negative mindset often goes with the territory, and again this can be something that develops into a habit for you. However, if you try and focus more on positive thinking and feeling gratitude for the things you do have in your life then you may start to form a more positive outlook. This could in turn help to keep some of those anxious thoughts at bay. Which are often the trigger for other anxiety symptoms.

I hope that these four ways help you to combat your anxiety in the future.

*Contributed by Sam Jones

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