4 Stress Relief Strategies Anyone Can Use For Anxiety

If you feel like anxiety is ruling your life and you can't get a break from the stress and worry, know that you're not alone. Unfortunately anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the United States. But that doesn't mean you just have to learn how to live with them. There are a number of stress relief strategies that anyone can use to reduce and get rid of anxiety. 

Exercise Regularly
Exercise is one of the best things you can do for your mental health as well as your physical health. Exercise releases endorphins which have mood-boosting and pain relief effects. Exercise also helps to reduce stress hormones like cortisol. And it can increase feelings of well-being and self-esteem. Just 30 minutes of exercise a day can go a long way to make a major difference in your mood. If you don't have time for a full workout, there are other ways to get moving. Taking a brisk walk in nature, doing some gentle yoga, or even just dancing around your living room can all go a long way to help to lessen anxiety and tension. Find an activity that you enjoy and make it part of your daily routine.

Practice Mindfulness
Mindfulness is a simple practice that can also be used as stress relief strategy for anxiety. It involves paying attention to the present moment without distraction or judgment. This can be done through meditation, yoga, or simply just by taking some time each day to focus on your breath and your body so that you can calm your mental, emotional, and physical processes. When you're mindful, you're less likely to dwell on negative thoughts and experiences from the past. As a result you're also better able to cope with stressful situations in the present. Of course, mindfulness takes practice, but it's well worth the effort since it can provide short-term stress relief along with lasting stress management benefits..

Get Enough Sleep
Sleep is essential for your overall wellbeing and positive mental and emotional health. When you've had an adequate amount of quality sleep, you will be better able to cope with stress and anxiety. You're also more likely to make healthy choices and stick to your goals. Most adults need seven to eight hours of sleep each night. But if you're struggling with anxiety, you may require even more. There are a few things you can do to improve your sleep habits.  Avoid caffeine and alcohol in the hours before bedtime.  Aim to create a relaxing bedtime routine that includes gentle stretching or reading to help you unwind and get your body ready for sleep. And finally make sure that your bedroom is dark and quiet to get the best night's sleep possible.

Consider Medical Marijuana
For some people, medical marijuana can be a life-changing treatment for anxiety. CBD, or cannabidiol, is a compound in cannabis that has been shown to be effective in treating anxiety and other mental health conditions. If you live in a state where medical marijuana is legal, consider talking to your doctor about whether it could be right for you. You can easily find legal suppliers like Liberty to fulfill your medicinal needs. Also be sure to do your research to understand the risks and benefits of using cannabis.

These are just four many stress relief strategies that anyone can try to use to get reduce and get rid of anxiety. Everyone is different so try experimenting with different techniques to find what works best for you. And remember that if you're struggling with anxiety, you are not alone. There is help available. Talk to your doctor or a mental health professional to get started on the path to recovery.

This is a contributed post.
Photo: Elle Korea


R's Rue said...

Exercise is helping me immensely.

Mrs. L said...

Really glad I saw your post, was planning on sleeping late later...

Ivana Split said...

Interesting points.

Pilar said...

These are great tips. I noticed when I get enough sleep my anxiety isn't as bad. Have a great weekend!

Pablo Parra (Fungi) said...

Hi again,

I like that you decided to talk about this topic since nowadays (unfortunately) many people is suffering from this and I used to be a bit anxious about many things, specially about the future.

I am happy to say that I have made a progress and thanks to many of the things you listed here, specially exercise which really helps you to free many things. Drawing also helps me a lot to unplug my braing from the world for a little bit. And getting enough sleep... oh my god this is so important and sometimes we don't think that in order to be healthy we have to stick to the basics: moving a bit, water, eating well and sleep.

I have heard many good things about CBD but haven't tried it yet! Will see if there are some nice available options over here:)