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Do you struggle to calm your nerves in the midst of stressful situations? Sometimes, however, these worries can become overwhelming even in your day-to-day routines. Learning to deal effectively with anxiety is a powerful skill. If you begin to use these five strategies today, you’ll notice the difference immediately.

 

These techniques can help you cope with your anxious feelings:

 

  1. Practice deep breathing. One of the most effective ways to cope with anxiety is deep breathing. When you notice that you’re beginning to get nervous, pay attention to your breathing. Regularly, practice deep breathing in a relaxed, private, comfortable environment where you’re not rushed. Put your hand on your belly, and make your hand rise and fall with each breath. Be sure to take in a slow, full breath. Exhale slowly.

 

  • If you practice this deep breathing exercise before the moment of truth, you’ll be equipped to control your breathing when a stressful situation occurs. When the pressure is on, and you notice your heartbeat beginning to rise, just pay attention to your breathing and do what you’ve practiced.

 

  1. Face your fears. If you worry constantly, you may not be leaving your comfort zone often enough. Seek opportunities to stretch your mental boundaries in ways that aren’t extremely stressful. As your mind and body become used to taking on challenges you will increase your ability to handle them.

 

  • If you’re in the habit of shying away from things that stress you out, purposefully put yourself into situations that you aren’t sure about. This will help you build confidence.

 

  1. Eat nutritiously. An often-overlooked way to beat anxiety is to make sure that your body is properly fueled for the challenges it must face. Drink plenty of water, eat a balanced breakfast, eat small meals, and eat more often. Maybe even track of what you’re eating in a daily log so that you can begin to notice patterns that sabotage your health.

 

  1. Exercise. Your body is made to move. If you sit at a desk all day, you’ll likely face greater challenges with worry and stress than someone who’s always on the move. Exercise provides tremendous stress relief, an outlet for frustration and a boost to your overall self-confidence.

 

  1. Seek professional help. Sometimes, the issues you face with anxiety may require you to seek counseling to overcome them. If you’ve tried many things without success, a mental health professional that is trained to help you overcome these challenges may be your best bet.

 

It’s normal to feel nervous when stressful situations occur. But without strategies to overcome those nerves, you can feel paralyzed and sabotage your chances of experiencing the success you deserve. Instead, start using these five strategies today to effectively cope with your feelings of anxiety.

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