I'm sure you've heard this before, but your mind is a powerful tool. When it comes to managing anxiety, though, we're not talking about positive thinking or affirmations or anything like that— we're talking about controlling your actual brain chemistry so that your body can manage anxiety on its own. That's why we'll show you some tools for controlling anxiety by changing how your brain works!
1. Exercise every day to help manage anxiety.
Exercise reduces levels of the body's stress hormones, such as adrenaline and cortisol. It also stimulates the production of endorphins, chemicals in the brain that are the body's natural painkillers and mood elevators.
2. Cut back on caffeine and soda.
Caffeine can make your anxiety worse in a number of ways. For example, caffeine increases the amount of adrenaline in your body, which can lead to feelings of anxiety or jitters. It also increases blood pressure and speeds up the heart rate, making it harder for you to relax when you’re under stress.
It’s not just coffee that contains caffeine either; soda and other drinks that contain artificial sweeteners also have plenty of this substance. If you drink these beverages regularly, try cutting back on them—or better yet, eliminate them altogether!
3. Don't run away. Face your fears head-on
It may seem counterintuitive, but the best way to overcome your anxiety is to face it head-on. Even though that sounds scary and less than desirable, facing your fears will help you feel more confident and in control of your life. There are lots of things that we’re all afraid of (i.e., public speaking or being rejected) but they're not worth avoiding because they won't go away if you do. If anything, avoidance only makes things worse—and it can turn into a vicious cycle where one fear leads to another until you feel like a prisoner in your own body. The good news is that there are concrete steps you can take toward conquering those bad feelings—even if they seem overwhelming at first glance! Here's what we recommend for getting started:
Make a plan and stick with it: You'll know exactly what needs to be done when working the steps to take, instead of feeling overwhelmed with all the possibilities wondering inside our heads :)
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