Managing Anxiety With Small Lifestyle Changes

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Stress exists to motivate humans and move us forward, but too much stress can cause lingering anxiety that prevents you from living fully in the present moment on a daily basis. If you feel anxious on a daily basis, there are small lifestyle changes that can help you manage your anxiety. Note: There are many different types of anxiety and there are many different levels of anxiety. These tips are not intended to be a cure or to replace professional treatment when needed.

What You'll Need

  • Mindfulness and willingness to make changes
  • Optional: journal

What You'll Do

  • Get a good night's sleep. People often underestimate the power of sleep on the nervous system, especially if you have a lot of stressors in your life. Sleep is one of the biggest foundations for anxiety management and overall wellbeing.
  • Create a morning ritual. Whether you have 5 minutes or 50 minutes, set aside time for yourself each morning. Make it a ritual that creates space for you to just be, that feels good, and that starts your day off right.
  • Move your body everyday. This doesn't mean you need to go to the gym everyday, even just a brisk walk outside or taking a moment to stand up from your office chair and stretch will move your blood and any stagnant energy throughout your body.
  • Keep a journal. Oftentimes people who struggle with anxiety are constantly worrying and/or are caught up in a wave of thoughts and emotions. Taking time to pause and write out what you are thinking and feeling helps bring you back into the present moment. It also often helps bring perspective back to what you are worrying about.
  • Eat healthy meals. Eating right for your body helps balance your blood sugar and hormones--both of which, when out of balance, contribute to a dysregulated mood.
  • Be kind to yourself. Walk away from a situation if it is triggering a lot of anxiety for you and take a minute to clear your mind and come back to yourself. If you are feeling anxious for no apparent reason, don't judge yourself for it. Tune in, take a deep breath, journal or go on a walk. Do the thing that is so natural, yet often feels so forced in today's fast-paced society: slow down and give yourself permission to just be in the moment and feel whatever is coming up for you. This too, shall pass.
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