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Managing Anxious Behavior

Everyone gets nervous or anxious from time to time, when speaking in public, for instance. For some people, however, anxiety becomes so frequent, or so forceful, that it begins to take over their lives. Anxious behavior can include excessive worry, irrational fears, sleep problems, indigestion, panic, self-consciousness, compulsive behaviors, and many more. Many people may experience these symptoms at different points in their lives in response to events or experiences.  If the symptoms occur more often than occasionally a more comprehensive treatment may be helpful, but in the meantime or for occasional episodes of anxiety these tips may help reduce the frequency and severity of anxiety.

  1. Exercise – Get up and move around

When you exercise, the body releases natural chemicals in the brain that help improve your mood.  Exercise also calms your heart, reduces excess energy, and may help regulate hormones. Walking or jogging daily can help improve your mood and eliminate stress.

  1. Take the Stress out of Stress

When you have a recurring stressor in your life, find a way to make it fun, when you can. The most common example is the workplace or school. You may work in a toxic workplace and be stressed daily. What can you do? Try activities, like turning your tasks into competitions with yourself or planning activities with your coworkers or people from school, so that school and work become less stressful. This can make your work more enjoyable, reducing the stress that that it causes on your life.

  1. Write Out Your Thoughts

It is common for those with anxious behavior to have thoughts that they cannot stop.  One way to reduce these thoughts is to write them down in a permanent place, such as a journal. Journals have been shown to allow one to sort out and clarify thoughts and emotions, provide time to reflect about feelings and emotions so that they can better be understood, provide an outlet for expressing difficult emotions, and can be a way to release negative thoughts and emotions so that you can move on to a happier state of mind.

  1. Surround Yourself with Positive People

One of the most common issues among those with anxiety is that they tend to spend a lot of time with people that create more anxiety – people that like to engage in reckless activities,  people who are also anxious, people that put them down, etc.  It is important to have friends who are supportive and positive. The more you surround yourself with these types of individuals, the more you will begin to exhibit less anxiety as you feel supported and confident.

  1. Feel Good About Yourself

It is important to feel good about yourself and the future. There are a few things that you can do to make sure that you feel good about yourself and are promoting a positive self-image:

  • Set realistic, but fun goals so that you get the joy of accomplishment.
  • Dress well so that you are proud of your appearance
  • Branch out and experience different activities so that you have things to talk about and share with others.

Resources: http://www.calmclinic.com/anxiety/tips

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