6 Ways To Calm Anxiety

Racing thoughts and a horrible, terrible feeling that something bad is going to happen? It's anxiety and you're not alone. Most of us deal with anxiety in one form or another, at some point in our lives. Thankfully, there are some ways you can control it. In the following paragraphs, we're going to break down six ways you can help calm your anxiety. 

Write about it:

Although it may feel awkward at first, journaling is a great way to get out your feelings and express yourself. You don't have to show anyone, so don't worry about proof reading or spelling. Just jot down what's bugging you. Sometimes you'll find that once it's out on paper, it doesn't seem like such a big deal.

Talk It Out:

Discuss your feelings with a good friend or counselor. Sometimes just putting our thoughts into words makes it seem easier to handle. Plus, the person you speak with may have some ideas about what you can do to work through your problems. 

Get Exercise:

Sure, it can be hard to start this one if you're not used to moving your body, but we guarantee it will be worth it. Once you get moving, those endorphins kick in and make everything seem easier to handle. 

Use Fragrance:

Essential oils like lavender and peppermint can be great for stress relief and relaxation. Try putting a small amount on your temples or use an oil warmer to fill your entire home with a calming scent. 

Avoid Caffeine:

Although coffee always seems like a good idea, it can usually make stress and anxiety worse. If you need a warm beverage, try instead some herbal tea with a little milk. 

Avoid Alcohol:

Sometimes we just want to escape and alcohol seems like the perfect way to do it. But, in the morning, you're going to feel a lot worse and the same feelings will still be there. They may even be worse, especially if you're dealing with regret from the way you acted while intoxicated. 

Anxiety is hard to handle. Try the tips above, but if you still need help or someone to talk to, we're here for you at Albuquerque Family Counseling. Contact us if you have any questions or to schedule an appointment.

By the way, if you need any support regarding you as an individual or with your relationship, feel free to contact us today to learn how we can help.