BlogHelping you cope with Anxiety, in Support of Mental Health Awareness Week

Helping you cope with Anxiety, in Support of Mental Health Awareness Week

By Jess Townsend

Hands up if you’ve ever felt anxious? Maybe you’ve had an exam or started a new job and in the days leading up to it, your body feels uneasy and anxious. Usually, these feelings melt away after ‘the event’ But don’t worry, This. Is. Totally. Normal.

Anxiety is our body’s way of preparing us for ‘action’ – an anticipatory worry before the event. Essentially, it’s our ‘fight or flight’ response that physically allows our body to move quicker and with more power, should it be required. Of course, things such a trauma or environmental factors can affect our Anxiety and can leave us feeling permanently anxious about everyday events (this is where counselling can be helpful!).

But what do you do to help cope with these feelings of anxiety? We listed some tips below that can help you cope and manage any anxious feelings you may be experiencing.

Jess’s 5 Tips to Help cope with Anxiety:

1. 4 Pillars of Well-being

Sometimes, it can be underplayed how taking care of ourselves physically can help our Mental Health. Take the 4 pillars of well being for, example:

• Nutrition
• Sleep
• Movement
• Relaxation

When we feel that we have a good balance in all 4 of these pillars, this can help contribute to a healthy well being, including good Mental Health. Maybe take a moment to reflect, do you think you could improve any of these areas?

Think small steps if it feels a bit overwhelming – how could you spend 5/10 minutes a day improving each pillar?

2. Talk to Someone

Ever heard of the phrase, ‘a problem shared is a problem halved’? Whilst this might not be the case for everyone when sharing with our friends, talking to them about our feelings can help reduce stress levels.

It can help us feel supported and connected to people as well as potentially helping us feel less overwhelmed by what we’re feeling.

3. Keep a Journal

Journaling may seem like something you did when you were younger but research has shown that writing things down can help us in a variety of ways. Keeping a journal can help us to accept our mental health experiences rather than judging ourselves for them.

A Gratitude Journal can also be a great way to help have a more positive outlook on life.

4. Practice Mindfulness

Mindfulness can help us be more aware of the here and now. It can be easy to get caught up in our thoughts, analysing past events and how we feel about them. Mindfulness brings us back to the present and can allow us to take a ‘backseat’ when looking at our emotions and not get jumbled in thoughts about them.

5. Cut back on Caffeine and Alcohol

I know this isn’t news but it really does make a big difference. Both caffeine and alcohol can stimulate your fight or flight response causing you to feel anxious. So, if you’re feeling anxious and you consume caffeine or alcohol in larger quantities, consider reducing your intake to help with your Anxiety levels.

(Please note: if you consume large quantities of alcohol and want to stop, please seek medical help before you do so)

To learn more about the support available to you to help manage your Anxiety, please visit our website and complete our Contact Form, give us a call on 023 8063 2019 or email us at info@optionscounselling.co.uk