This article provides some simple techniques that can help in alleviating anxiety associated with the sudden and demanding change of lifestyle that becoming a full-time student brings with it.
Determining the Methods to Deal With Anxiety
Anxiety can have a multitude of negative health effects, both mental and physical, and is brought on by a number of different factors. The most common source of anxiety is stress, often associated with unpleasant tasks. There are a multitude of methods to deal with anxiety, regardless of its source, which address the physical and mental causes of anxiety. These techniques are generally applicable and don’t apply to any particular kind of anxiety.
2 Effective Methods to Deal With Anxiety
Get Some Rest
Ensuring that you get quality sleep at night and being well rested can reduce the chances of experiencing anxiety. The body uses sleep to regulate the hormones that control emotion and sleep deprivation disrupts the body’s capability to perform that regulatory process. We constantly push our bodies to do more, without properly giving it a chance to recover – which can lead to irritability or anxiety. Establish a regular sleep cycle and avoid ambient lighting like a computer or TV before bed. This will allow the body to produce serotonin and help you fall asleep. There are also apps that measure your sleep cycles by using the built in gyroscope in the phone and wake you up when you’re out of REM sleep for a maximum feeling of restfulness. Allowing the body to reset and face the day strong and well rested is just one of the many methods to deal with anxiety.
Eat and Drink Properly
The saying “you are what you eat” certainly carries some truth; if you eat poorly you will likely feel that way as well. Eating healthy foods that are good for long-term energy can provide the body with nutrients throughout the day. Food that provides the body with short term bursts of energy, like processed foods, refined sugars, and simple carbs cause temporary spikes in energy, which leaves low periods where the body’s required level of sustenance exceeds the level of nutrients being provided. Demanding performance from a malnourished body and mind puts stress on your system, which only compounds the effects of anxiety. Eating a balanced diet and eating regularly will help to stabilize blood sugar and energy levels throughout the day.
Drinking coffee in moderation is also important because caffeine can disrupt the body’s natural cycles and contribute to daily stress. Although a mug of coffee in the morning is likely okay, several servings or servings late in the day can negatively impact the quality of your sleep, which as we saw earlier, can also contribute to anxiety. Another common method of dealing with anxiety is the use of alcohol. Since alcohol is a depressant, it can temporarily reduce the feeling of anxiety, tension and stress but, just like caffeine, it has a negative effect on the body’s natural cycle and as a depressant has a negative effect on your mood. Although dehydration is not a direct cause of stress and anxiety, a lack of fluids puts stress on the body, which can exacerbate any current, or pending feeling of anxiety. One of the best methods to deal with anxiety is to eat well and often, avoid caffeine and alcohol, and to stay hydrated.
Stay Tuned for More Anxiety Tips!
Tune in again for next weeks article as we explore more of the many ways in which you can utilize different methods to deal with anxiety.