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Commencing a Drug-Free Battle with Anxiety with Baby Steps

All of us are stuck between bills, family, work and ambitions which force us towards becoming an anxious mess. Irrespective of when and how we drowned into anxiety, there is still hope for us. Here are some ways we can battle and overcome the very thought of tension and self-disgust without popping pills every few hours.

Shout it out

There are few things better than a trusted friend in a battle with anxiety. One of them is screaming at the top of your lungs. Now, you might look at it as a gross idea, but in reality, letting your voice out helps in the release of build-up frustrations and anxiety. 

We were always taught to hold our emotions, but we must note that doing this is a major reason why people feel insecure about what they feel. Do not try to overlook anxiety. Instead, accept it as a fact and do whatever you can to change the status quo.

Leave the couch

Exercise has been known to instil self-confidence and will power in people who feel lazy and bored. Since times immemorial, exercise and sports have been used to relieve stress and anxiety too.

Physical activities work as a boost for serotonin and endorphins, which in turn make you feel better and emotionally stronger. It not only changes your outlook towards life but also lets you realize the strength of your character.

To start with, you can aim for 30 minutes of physical activity every day. You do not have to indulge in strenuous workouts as moving your body while dancing on your favourite song is more than enough.  Yoga has shown great results, especially in cases of acute nervousness and anxiety. So, try it out today and witness the change.

Forget about caffeine

For most of us, caffeine is our go-to drug choice, but it has been scientifically proven to worsen anxiety. Although caffeine is great in giving us a boost in energy levels yet in pressure situations, the excess energy can lead to an anxiety attack.  We are not advising you to break up with caffeine, yet moderation completely is the key to keep things under control.

Make sure that you are not gulping more than two normal sized cups a day. Initially, you will feel the urge of drinking more caffeine, but with time, your mind and nerves will calm down for the better.

Learn to say no

You might already be dealing with a lot of personal troubles during anxiety. In such a situation, listening to your friends’ troubles with life could be more damaging. This is especially true if your friends like to whine about their situation more than what is reasonably expected. It is one thing to share, and another to whine. If your friends need a helping hand or a shoulder to cry on in times of need, be with them. If they just call you to kill time by narrating all the troubles in their life, tell them you are busy.

Anxiety is complex and often demands medication. However, with a few lifestyle changes, your symptoms can become more manageable, and you will depend less on pills.

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