Managing anxiety and stress

Managing Anxiety and stress

Stress and anxiety are not always bad. In the short term, they can help you overcome a challenge or dangerous situation. In most cases, everyday stress and anxiety are due to worrying about finding a job, feeling nervous before a big test, or being embarrassed in certain social situations. If we do not experience some anxiety we might not be motivated to do the things we need to do, or get things done in time. However, if stress and anxiety begin to interfere with your daily life, it may indicate a more serious issue.


What do stress and anxiety feel like?

Stress and anxiety can lead to both physical as well as psychological symptoms. Common physical symptoms include stomach ache, muscle tension, rapid breathing, dizziness, change in appetite, trouble sleeping and many more.

They can also cause mental or emotional symptoms such as restlessness, feelings of impending doom, difficulty concentrating or irrational anger.


How to manage Anxiety and Stress

Certain lifestyle changes can help alleviate symptoms of stress and anxiety. These techniques can be used along with medical treatments if recommended by a doctor. Techniques to reduce stress and anxiety include:

  • Eating a balanced, healthy diet
  • Limiting caffeine and alcohol consumption
  • Getting enough sleep
  • Getting regular exercise
  • Meditating and practicing deep breathing
  • Scheduling time for hobbies
  • Recognizing the factors that trigger your stress
  • Venting out by talking to a friend

We were meant to live a challenging life. However, it is up to us to live it fully and healthy, or to surrender to the stress we face on a daily basis. Choose to be positive, vibrant, adventurous and enjoy the present moment.