With the fast track life that we as humans are trying to maneuver on any given day and accomplishing the life goals and more, we have found that we aren’t able to handle life “like a boss” as well as we thought we could. While we multi-task daily to maximize each hour of each day, especially if our jobs depended on it, sometimes it eats away at our bodies and as a result, some aspects end up woe.
Well, there is a solution to that because we know that you can’t just complete two tasks for the day or slack off at work because you “just aren’t feeling yourself.” Here are a few tested and proven coping strategies to get you through that busy work week.
- Eat a balanced meal at least three times a day. Eating well also helps reduce anxiety. Maybe those busy-bodies, who don’t even have time to sleep much less eat, can argue otherwise, but eating a balanced meal regularly can be beneficial for the body. You will feel more energized and having had a hearty meal accomplishes a physiological need which will give way to you achieving more pressing goals throughout the day.
- Take time. ME time is essential. Take a few hours or even one hour out of the day for leisure in order to give back to yourself and replenish that body you overwork so hard every day. Leisurely activities to relax like tennis, meditation, swimming, yoga, journaling, to name a few, or even hanging with a friend can really help reduce or keep anxiety at bay.
- Find and control your triggers for anxiety. Is it stress, work, school, relationships? A lack of something? Too much of one thing? It is advised to make a note and track your patterns in a journal so that you can identify what your triggers are and move towards controlling them.
- Exercise. Get that blood pumping and lose those pounds while you’re at it. On a serious note, exercise is not just for people trying to lose weight but for those who want to keep in shape or focus on feeling better from a stressful day. Exercise releases endorphins and “feel good” hormones that will surely release you from the crawls of anxiety.
- Take deep breaths and count to ten slowly. Inhale for five counts, hold it for three and then slowly exhale for another five counts. If you feel less stressed or anxious once you count to ten, then the issue was not important in the first place.
- Avoid caffeine and alcohol as much as you can. Truth is, these substances can aggravate anxiety, bring back panic attacks and feelings of irritability. If you have to drink a cup of coffee in the mornings to get an energy boost for your day, then limit it to one cup. If you have to have a social drink, nurse that drink throughout the night and try to only have one. You don’t have to impress anyone, take care of you first.
- Sleep like a baby. Seven hours a day is known to leave you more energized and being well-rested reduces anxiety, stress, irritability, and sleep deprivation. When you feel stressed or overwhelmed, additional rest is great.
- Talk to someone. We aren’t a one-man band and maybe another person is going through the exact same stress you are at any given time. You don’t have to go to schedule a session with a counselor or see a psychiatrist, but talking to someone can help you express your feelings and possibly get some good advice while you’re at it.
- Do your best and accept that it is good enough. You can’t control everything even when you can, life happens and more times than not, life wins. So put the situation into perspective and ask yourself if it is really worth the stress and you overthinking it and if the answer is no, then move on with your life.
- Positivity is something cultivated. Replacing negative thoughts and emotions with positive ones can immediately change your mood and reduce anxiety. Making an effort to have a positive outlook also allows you to adopt a positive attitude and not focus on things that can hinder your progress.
- Laugh once in a while. Laughter is good for the soul. Dispell thoughts that are negative. Once you are able to do that you will realize how much more happy your day can be and how many more goals you can accomplish now that you are not thinking deleteriously.
By Alexandra Daley