When feelings of anxiety creep into our mind, we have a choice: let the thought carry us away and become engulfed in anxiousness or stay present and transition our energies into something useful. We suggest you choose the latter, and if you do, here are three ways to cope with anxiety.
An age-old practice, meditation is the best way to deal with anxiety. It comes in many forms. For the beginner, meditation may be sitting quietly as you count your breath. This is a wonderful start for the purposes of dealing with anxiety. As smart as we are as a species, our mind has trouble focusing (really focusing) on more than one thing at a time. If our brain is preoccupied with counting our breath, it doesn’t have the capacity to fill your mind with anxiety-provoking thoughts as well.
Exercise is another great activity for curbing feelings of anxiety. If you start to feel anxious, going for a jog can help clear your mind as you transition your negative energy into something physical. Engaging in exercise, whether it is running, swimming, or lifting weights, takes energy away from the negative thoughts and focuses on the task at hand. Again, the mind can only truly focus on one thing at a time, and if you are going to focus on something, why not make it something useful? Regular exercise can reduce anxiety levels overall and help you reach a place of mental balance.
Journaling is one of the most underrated tools for stress management. If you like writing or are interested in expanding your cognitive abilities, journaling is for you. Writing your feelings down and their triggers can help you find patterns in your life that you never even knew existed. Beyond that, simply writing about a bad day can help transfer your negative emotions from your mind to paper, helping remove the energy entirely. Listing your fears, worries, and troubles on a physical piece of paper can help take away their power, putting you back in control of your mind.
Anxiety is a necessary function for getting things done, but too much anxiety can wreck our mental health. Living in a state of constant fear and worry is no way to go about your day. If you or your child are suffering through anxiety, the providers at Mile High Psychiatry may be able to help.
If simple self-care steps aren’t helping to alleviate your anxiety, contact Mile High Psychiatry today to get started with our telepsychiatry services.