“You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.” — Martin Luther King
Fortunately, currently, we are in the best era of the history of humanity, where we can enjoy the best life. But it is unfortunate to see the rising number of anxiety and stress-related issues among men and women and it’s a little disturbing.
There are many contributing factors to stress and anxiety, such as work stress, the pressure of professional growth, social pressure, social acceptance, gender inequality, financial crisis, family and relationship issues, losses, tension, office work pressure, etc.
Here are 5 effective ways that will help you manage stress and anxiety.
1. Physical activity
Study shows that sedentary life or lack of physical activity could increase the stress level, it lowers the capability to handle pressure and think clearly and from fresh perspectives. Lack of physical activity increases irritability creates an unhealthy thought pattern that leads to overthinking and triggers stress, anxiety, and panic attacks.
It is essential to have daily one hour of physical activity for health and wellness. That will keep your muscles active, proper functioning of the various physiological systems and regulations of the hormone system of the body.
You can go for a walk, run, yoga. Yoga helps you gain overall physical and mental wellbeing. Daily walks and yoga would suffice in maintaining good physical and mental health.
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2. Mental health care
If something is unusual in your behaviour or thinking, seek help and professional advice. Don’t be a silent sufferer. Sometimes silent suffering from the problem because of society takes a toll on the mental health and it manifests as a serious problem later.
Take good care of mental health and peace. Practice meditation and mindfulness regularly, go for a vacation to your favourite places, follow your passion, develop the habit of any activity of your interest, do something that makes you feel good, do something that soothes your soul, listen to your favourite music, hang out with your favourite people, spend quality time with your family, etc. professional techniques like NLP, MCBT(Mindfulness-based CBT), meditation and healing therapy helps to treat the stress and anxiety issues.
3. Healthy diet habits
Your food habits contribute a lot to your mental health. Unhealthy food patterns and unhealthy diet lead to nutritional deficiency and that could cause mood swings, stress and altered behaviour. Avoid eating too much junk food. Try to follow satvik food. Follow mindful eating. Avoid too much caffeine intake. Drink plenty of water. Include fresh and seasonal fruits and veggies in your diet. Balanced and healthy food habits will help you maintain good mental health with fresh energy.
4. Digital detox
The growing use of digital instruments is also one of the contributing factors to irritability, confusion, and stress. Well, in the age of digitalization, we cannot avoid it fully, but we can choose to use it consciously. Limit the screen time, avoid unnecessary scrolling, use spects while using the screen, don’t watch or read something that is emotionally disturbing.
5. Self-care routine
Taking good care of self is essential in combating stress and anxiety. Spend quality time with yourself, read something positive, pamper yourself, nurture yourself with your favourite activities, take a day off from the routine, and just be yourself.