So if you constantly find yourself needing to unwind, follow these relaxing tips to deal with anxiety, by Dr Katie Tyron, head of Clinical Vitality at PruHealth.
1. Make friends with yourself
Give yourself the same treatment and advice you would give a friend in the same situation.
Turn your internal critical voice around by focusing on your positive aspects.
2. Find the middle ground
Keep the situation in perspective and avoid imagining extreme outcomes.
3. Chill out
Do something that relaxes you such as meditating, having a warm bath, practicing positive relaxation imagery, listening to music, getting enough sleep or even just breathing deeply and watching your posture.
4. Learn to say no
Be assertive and protect your own legitimate rights while respecting those of others.
Avoid saying 'yes' from a fear of not being liked or attempting to live up to unrealistic expectations and learn how to communicate in a relaxed and honest manner to avoid taking on other people's responsibilities.
5. Exercise more
Exercise can improve your mental health, self esteem and self image, so go for a walk, practice yoga, dance, run, go to the gym.
6. Eat yourself well
People who feel unhealthy are less able to cope with stress and some foods and drinks such as a high caffeine intake can increase stress.
7. Get a massage
Soothe away your stress with a massage.
Your muscles carry tension and by releasing it you can feel better physically, mentally and emotionally.
8. Time management
Manage your time effectively to reduce stress at home and in the workplace and free up more time to relax.
9. Social connection
Reach out and ensure you have social support networks in place.
Talking to supportive friends or colleagues can help put events into perspective and may even help you laugh which is a great stress reliever!
Deal with stress constructively. Cognitive behavioural therapy or counselling has been proven to be very effective.
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