Regular exercise may be the most underrated medicine in the world. It is scientifically proven that 30 minutes of exercise a day is just as effective at boosting your mood as a medication. There are therapists who literally prescribe physical exercises to help fight anxiety and depression. (Not to mention that exercise also helps you learn faster and memorize more.)
Our brain is extremely complicated. But overall, the human body is a very simple machine:
- If you are cold, then move your hands and feet away from your heart and brain.
- If you are hot, then sweat to cool the heart and brain.
- If you are stressed, then, increase the levels of adrenaline to engage the mode of fight or flight.
Unfortunately, most people in the modern world continue to feel stress, but do not run or fight to burn that adrenaline. Your body does not care about being 2017 and you do not have to fight predators. Your brain can not tell if your stress comes from a saber-toothed tiger or an imminent exam. Anyway, it will increase your cortisol and adrenaline, block your digestive system and prepare you to run or fight for your life.
2. BE CONSCIOUS OF YOUR MOOD, AS YOU ARE AWARE OF TIME
We often structure our agenda around the next meal of the day. Leaving without eating means that our body will run out of fuel and will not work properly. So, why do not we do the same thing with our mood and anxiety levels?
Here’s how to do it:
– To get into the habit of measuring your mood, try to track your mood once in the morning and once in the evening for several weeks on a scale of 1 to 10. Write a few sentences explaining why.
– Plan a time in your day to enjoy the silence and return to a state of peace. Treat the commitment this time as seriously as you plan to schedule the time for dinner.
3. UNDERSTAND THAT IT IS NORMAL TO BE ANXIOUS!
Sometimes, even when doing regular exercises, plan a time to take a break during your work day and take all the preventative measures you can, anxiety always occurs.
You know what? It’s normal.
It is normal to react physically to stress. Just accept it until it passes and prevent it from getting out of control.
It is a good idea to communicate with your loved ones that you sometimes react physically to your anxiety and that you may have to cope for personal reasons from time to time. In fact, it is better to explain this appropriately in advance than to keep a secret for fear of being ashamed. You never know what kind of constructive conversations can come from it.
Understanding that your physical body is complex and done to help you survive, not humiliate yourself, is the first step to better living your life with anxiety. You just have to adapt realistically to stay healthy and happy.