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5 Things I Did to Reduce My Anxiety

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We all have some level of anxiety from time to time, but some of us have more to deal with. When my anxiety gets too high, I am unable to function in my daily activities and my quality of life suffers. But luckily, through the tactics mentioned below, I have found ways to reduce my anxiety and get on with my life. If you’re struggling with anxiety, try the below strategies for yourself and see if they help. 

Kept a Regular Exercise Routine

Exercise is one of the best remedies for anxiety. When you’re exhausted and out of breath it’s hard to

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focus on your anxious thoughts. But not only that, exercise also helps you to feel better about yourself, which can combat the depression that often comes with anxiety. To keep anxiety away, I now try to exercise at least once a day. It doesn’t have to be some crazy workout at the gym. A fast-paced walk around the block is sometimes enough. Or I’ll follow along with an instructional yoga video online. Pick something that you like to do that’s challenging and will occupy your mind. Then work to find time each day to fit it in. 

Improved My

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Sleep

When I exercise during the day, I’m more than ready for bed at night. But with so much going on, I wasn’t always going to bed at the time I should. To reduce my anxiety levels, I had to start improving my sleep habits. This meant not only getting to bed earlier but changing my activities before bed. Putting your electronics away before bed will help you fall asleep faster, as will monitoring your diet. It’s also a good idea to make your bedroom as dark as you can, as this will tell your brain it’s time to sleep. 

Another thing you

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can do to improve your sleep is upgrade your mattress. Sleeping on the right mattress makes a huge difference and will help you get restful sleep each night. I started by Googling “mattress stores near me”, then I went and checked out a few models. Find the one that’s right for you and treat yourself to an upgrade. We spend so much time sleeping in our lives that we deserve to do it in comfort. 

Got Organized

When everything around me is disorganized it increases my anxiety. So, to fix this, I had to make a real effort to keep things

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organized. I set aside some time and I organized everything in my home – my bedroom, my kitchen, my bathroom, you name it. Once everything had a proper place, the sense of relief I felt was amazing. 

But it’s not enough to just organize once. After you finish organizing, it’s important that you keep things in order as best as you can. Set aside a little time each week to maintain your organizational systems, so that your home doesn’t rise to the anxiety-inducing levels of disorganization that you just got rid of. For more tips on organizing

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your home, you can check out this guide. 

Set Aside “Me” Time

Perhaps the best thing you can do to reduce anxiety is set aside some time that’s just for you. It’s important that you spend time focusing on things that bring you joy, rather than the anxious thoughts in your head. When you’re feeling stressed about work, take 10 minutes to read a book, or practice mindfulness, or play with your kids. I know your life is hectic and you probably feel bad dedicating time to yourself when there’s so much else you could be doing. But if

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you’re dealing with anxiety, you’re not producing your best work anyway, or putting your best self out there. You’ll be much more effective in whatever you want to do if you go into it with a better attitude and a clearer mind. For this, you need some time to yourself to do things you enjoy. 

Kept Practicing

Finally, none of the above tactics are one-time fixes. You’re not going to magically get rid of your anxiety one day and then never have it come back. The key is practice. You need to form the above tactics into habits and keep

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practicing them.
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- 27 Oct 19

We all have some level of anxiety from time to time, but some of us have more to deal with. When my anxiety gets too high, I am unable to function in my daily activities and my quality of life suffers. But luckily, through the tactics mentioned below, I have found ways to reduce my anxiety and get on with my life. If you’re struggling with anxiety, try the below strategies for yourself and see if they help. 

Kept a Regular Exercise Routine

Exercise is one of the best remedies for anxiety. When you’re exhausted and out of breath it’s hard to focus on your anxious thoughts. But not only that, exercise also helps you to feel better about yourself, which can combat the depression that often comes with anxiety. To keep anxiety away, I now try to exercise at least once a day. It doesn’t have to be some crazy workout at the gym. A fast-paced walk around the block is sometimes enough. Or I’ll follow along with an instructional yoga video online. Pick something that you like to do that’s challenging and will occupy your mind. Then work to find time each day to fit it in. 

Improved My Sleep

When I exercise during the day, I’m more than ready for bed at night. But with so much going on, I wasn’t always going to bed at the time I should. To reduce my anxiety levels, I had to start improving my sleep habits. This meant not only getting to bed earlier but changing my activities before bed. Putting your electronics away before bed will help you fall asleep faster, as will monitoring your diet. It’s also a good idea to make your bedroom as dark as you can, as this will tell your brain it’s time to sleep. 

Another thing you can do to improve your sleep is upgrade your mattress. Sleeping on the right mattress makes a huge difference and will help you get restful sleep each night. I started by Googling “mattress stores near me”, then I went and checked out a few models. Find the one that’s right for you and treat yourself to an upgrade. We spend so much time sleeping in our lives that we deserve to do it in comfort. 

Got Organized

When everything around me is disorganized it increases my anxiety. So, to fix this, I had to make a real effort to keep things organized. I set aside some time and I organized everything in my home – my bedroom, my kitchen, my bathroom, you name it. Once everything had a proper place, the sense of relief I felt was amazing. 

But it’s not enough to just organize once. After you finish organizing, it’s important that you keep things in order as best as you can. Set aside a little time each week to maintain your organizational systems, so that your home doesn’t rise to the anxiety-inducing levels of disorganization that you just got rid of. For more tips on organizing your home, you can check out this guide

Set Aside “Me” Time

Perhaps the best thing you can do to reduce anxiety is set aside some time that’s just for you. It’s important that you spend time focusing on things that bring you joy, rather than the anxious thoughts in your head. When you’re feeling stressed about work, take 10 minutes to read a book, or practice mindfulness, or play with your kids. I know your life is hectic and you probably feel bad dedicating time to yourself when there’s so much else you could be doing. But if you’re dealing with anxiety, you’re not producing your best work anyway, or putting your best self out there. You’ll be much more effective in whatever you want to do if you go into it with a better attitude and a clearer mind. For this, you need some time to yourself to do things you enjoy. 

Kept Practicing

Finally, none of the above tactics are one-time fixes. You’re not going to magically get rid of your anxiety one day and then never have it come back. The key is practice. You need to form the above tactics into habits and keep practicing them.

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