Quick ways to manage mild anxiety

Published April 10, 2014

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If anxiety plagues you from time to time or you’re feeling worried and apprehensive about an impending event such as a job interview, presentation, wedding or even a trip to the dentist, there are a variety of ways to get back in control and feel like yourself again. Try these tips next time you’re feeling anxious:

  1. Remember to breathe – We tend to take short and shallow breaths when we’re anxious, which can actually make symptoms worse. To help your body calm down quickly, focus on your breathing. Take a deep breath in through your nose, hold for a few seconds and then breathe out slowly through your mouth. Repeat at least 10 times.
  2. Go for a brisk walk or run – Exercise releases feel good chemicals called endorphins that will help boost your mood and distract you from whatever worries are on your mind.
  3. Interact with people who make you laugh – A good laugh can do wonders for our mood and may help to reduce stress and anxiety.
  4. Sip green tea – Green tea contains L‐theanine, an amino acid that facilitates the generation of alpha waves in the brain and promotes feelings of relaxation while still keeping us mentally alert.1
  5. Find an activity that relaxes you – This could be attending a yoga class, listening to your favourite album, engrossing yourself in a good book or having a warm bath with relaxing essential oils.
  6. Say “no” – If you’re inundated with deadlines and obligations, determine which activities are important and deserve your focus and attention, delegate where necessary and say no to new commitments that would only add to your stress. Importantly, don’t feel guilty about it.
  7. Talk to someone – Chat to a trusted friend or family member if you are feeling anxious or overwhelmed. If anxiety is impacting on your day to day life talk to your healthcare professional.
  8. Take a specialised ‘on the go’ anxiety supplement – A herbal ingredient known as Sensoril® is a natural alternative for mild anxiety and may help to alleviate associated symptoms such as irritability, palpitations, fatigue and inability to concentrate.

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