Tips and habits for banishing anxiety for life

School or work can sometimes be stressful, and with looming deadlines, you can easily feel overwhelmed. If you’re having a hard time getting through each day because of your anxiety, consider some calming exercises.

Weird tips that just might work

Taking a “weird” break can help you escape a stifling routine so you can have a healthier and happier perspective. We all need vacations, and our brain needs a break too.

If the methods you use to manage stress aren’t as effective, it may be time to try some new and weird tips like the ones below:

  • Call a friend you’ve lost contact with for more than a year – Reconnecting with old friends can help you see life from a new perspective.
  • Go outside and spent one minute feeling the grass – This exercise will help you channel your inner kid. Focus on the grass and breathe.
  • Laugh hard at a joke that isn’t that funny – This doesn’t mean you can be rude to the person telling the joke. Focus on laughing to help manage your stress and release some much-needed endorphins. (Related: People who don’t take themselves too seriously tend to have greater psychological well-being, according to study on humor.)
  • Move items from one side of your desk to the other – If you’re particular about how your desk is arranged, you can try doing this for just for one day. This exercise is about perception. If you’re stressed, a change of perspective can help you calm down.
  • Use your imagination and meditate – Go to a quiet spot, and imagine how it would feel to fly like a bird. Sometimes, having fun with your imagination and taking a break is all you need to relax.

Calming strategies

These strategies are more practical, but they can also help you deal with anxiety and stress:

  • Declutter – Eliminating the junk in your home can help reduce your stress, especially if you spend most mornings rummaging for things like your car keys and phone. Choose a cabinet, closet, or drawer. Make three piles: items you’ll donate, items you’ll sell, and items you’ll throw away.
  • Exercise – Exercise is a natural way to beat anxiety. Physical activity can clear your mind, boost your endorphins, and help you sleep better at night.
  • Focus on self-care – Take a break and get a haircut, a mani-pedi, or a massage. Self-care is important, and you don’t always have to splurge. Buy some of your favorite chocolates and listen to some music if you want to.
  • Get enough sleep every night – You need enough sleep so your body and brain can get enough rest.
  • Meditate – Before you start your day, meditate for ten minutes. Channel positive energy and be calm to set the tone for the rest of your day.
  • Plan a day trip – If you have money left over from selling some items, go on a quick trip. Immersing yourself in nature can help invigorate your mind and body.
  • Schedule a physical exam – This can help rule out any physical health condition that could be causing your anxiety.
  • Schedule a visit with a therapist – If you are having trouble managing your anxiety, a therapist can help you determine what’s causing your worries.
  • Learn to accept your anxiety – Regardless of its cause, like if you’ve inherited the “anxiety gene” from your parents, a hectic lifestyle, or both, don’t fight it. Accepting your anxiety doesn’t mean succumbing to it. You need to know that dealing with it a healthy manner means you have to work hard every day, so your environment is calm.

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