My favourite phrase is: When we think, the mind listens and the body reacts! So why not feed our mind positivity, love and hope? Easier said than done right? Life is a roller-coaster of emotions and feelings. It is how we react to life's events that define who we are. And to help us along the way it is super important to put structures in place. We cannot change the past and we cannot predict the future, we can only live in the present. However we can put structures in place that help guide us to where we want to be.
A problem shared is a problem halved! This phrase is so true! And really helped me when I was going through an anxiety disorder. When I was in the middle of panic and my mind was racing with irrational thoughts I would tell the person I was with that I was feeling anxious, this would instantly relieve some of the anxiety because I was moving away from the private battle in my mind and instead inviting a new person to the battle. If I was alone I would pick up a friend and ring them and let them know I was feeling anxious again, my anxiety levels would decrease. Anxiety does not have to be an individual struggle.
Exercise has been proven to have in some cases just as good effects as some mild anti anxiety medication for anxiety disorders that are mild to moderate. The reason for this is because exercise releases endorphins in the brain, this is the feel good chemical that regulates your mood. Exercise also increases the levels of serotin in your body another feel good chemical that regulates mood and enhances states of happiness and calmness. How often are you exercising? Researchers claim that exercising 3-4 times a week can reduce anxiety and stress levels improving both physical and mental health in the long term.
Journaling has been proven to reduce anxiety levels one of the ways that journaling can relieve stress is by helping you work through your anxious feelings. This is because feelings of anxiety can lead to stress and rumination when left unchecked, but some of the roots of your anxiety can be minimized through a little-focused examination. Journaling can be a powerful tool for examining and shifting thoughts from anxious and ruminative to empowered and action-oriented.