Anxiety is rife at this time of year. It’s the time where the pressure is on, working weekends is normal because you need to prepare for the time off you’re going to have. You might even be working over the holidays and wondering how you’re going to have the energy to see family and friends while you’re getting things done. Managing your anxiety at work can be difficult, too.
Don’t let the thoughts overwhelm you. Try not to think about everything in one big block, get down into the details and realize you’ve got more than enough time to get ahead of everything. Don’t worry. This year my anxiety didn’t have a chance to get the better of me because I learned how to overcome it, here are a few tips that might help you out this year.
1. Find the joy in switching off
It can be hard to switch off these days. We’ve almost forgotten what the word means, from being glued to our phones to planning every little detail. It’s no wonder we’re all anxious. Find the joy in doing nothing, and let your thoughts do the same. Mindfulness is really popular at the moment because it forces you to switch off anxious, negative thoughts and focus on the joy of doing nothing. In a busy life, it can be so hard, I used to sit on the tube and fume when it was delayed. I hated inaction. I was so used to being busy, running through crowds, and always thinking three steps ahead.
The first thing I did was find the joy in switching off, especially at the weekend. Doing nothing still slightly irritates me, but taking my mind off work and planning helps me stay zen!
2. Educate yourself about supplements
There are some supplements that actually can really help. Do some research, because your anxiety could be because of a deficiency. The best way to find this out is by visiting the doctor and explaining your symptoms to them. A little bit of research goes a long way. For example, Valerian root can help you if you have trouble sleeping, Ashwagandha can help you feel calm and relaxed, and you might even need Iron or Vitamin D.
I felt so much calmer when I started taking Omega and Iron supplements, but I did need to speak with my doctor first to find out if it was worth it. It helped me feel more balanced and together.
3. Don’t let your thoughts have control of you
It’s easy to think that your thoughts have power. Imagine, being on a plane and thinking about a plane crash. Once you have those thoughts, you start to worry that it’s really going to happen. Somehow we convince ourselves that because we’ve thought something, it’s really going to happen. Your thoughts do not have power in the world around you, if they do, you may have superpowers and could start making some serious money from it. Take away the irrational thoughts and realize that just because it’s in your head, doesn’t mean it will manifest itself in the world. This was the first step I took to managing my anxiety – you’ll probably never ‘cure’ it, but you’ll find it shrinks as time goes on.
4. If all else fails – work out!
Another quick fix for anxiety is exercise. Don’t underestimate the power of working up a sweat. When you feel those negative thoughts and feelings creeping up, grab your workout gear and workout. Not only does it boost your mood, increase your heart rate, and get you in shape – it’ll give your mind something else to focus on. And, it’ll make you feel so much better when it’s all over. When I worked out regularly, the things that would usually make me feel stressed and anxious, actually made me feel calm and collected.
Let me know if you have any other tips or tricks that you swear by in the comments below.
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