Published May 12, 2022, 3:31 p.m. by None
Everyone has anxiety at times. Occasional anxiety is a natural reaction to not knowing what will happen next, whether in the next few minutes, days, or months. According to mental health specialists, anxiety is fear about a threat that is still there. Consider how worrying about a dreaded discussion can make your stomach knot days before it occurs. Before a test or presentation, your heart may race. Many people suffer stress and anxiety regularly. Indeed, millions of adults in Nigeria report experiencing everyday stress or worry. Many people face stress daily, work, family troubles, health worries, and financial commitments are all factors that contribute to increased stress levels. Furthermore, a person's vulnerability to stress is influenced by factors such as heredity, social support, coping style, and personality type, implying that some people are more stressed than others. Coping Strategies Try these when you're feeling anxious: Take a time-out. Practice yoga, listen to music, meditate, get a massage, or learn relaxation techniques. Stepping back from the problem helps clear your head. Eat well-balanced meals. Do not skip any meals. Do keep healthful, energy-boosting snacks on hand. Limit alcohol and caffeine, which can aggravate anxiety and trigger panic attacks. Get enough sleep. When stressed, your body needs additional sleep and rest. Exercise daily to help you feel good and maintain your health. Take deep breaths. Inhale and exhale slowly. Count to 10 slowly. Repeat, and count to 20 if necessary. Do your best. Instead of aiming for perfection, which isn't possible, be proud of however close you get. Accept that you cannot control everything. Put your stress in perspective: Is it as bad as you think? Welcome humor. A good laugh goes a long way. Maintain a positive attitude. Make an effort to replace negative thoughts with positive ones. Get involved. Volunteer or find another way to be active in your community, which creates a support network and gives you a break from everyday stress. Learn what triggers your anxiety. Is it work, family, school, or something else you can identify? When you’re feeling stressed or anxious, write in a journal, and look for a pattern. Talk to someone. Tell friends and family you’re feeling overwhelmed, and let them know how they can help you. Talk to a physician or therapist for professional help.