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7 Tips for Managing Your Anxiety

Maintaining mental health is just as important as keeping up with your physical health; unfortunately, the methods for doing is not always clear and can vary for issue to issue and from person to person. One more common mental health issue that may arise, particularly after instances of personal injury or an accident, is anxiety. Anxiety can be debilitating. It can happen anywhere, at any time, and make even the simple activities of daily life feel overwhelming and difficult. For this blog, we will be addressing seven methods you can use to manage your anxiety.

How to Manage Your Anxiety

  1. Schedule Sleep – Sleep deprivation leads to moodiness, depression, and anxiety. The fast-paced world of productivity we live in often calls for long nights and early mornings, but a continuous schedule that allows for fewer than 7-9 hours a night will reduce your mood and your ability to function. You are important, and you deserve to rest. Schedule time to sleep, and when the time comes, put away your screens and other distractions. If sleeping is difficult, try listening to calming music or the narration of a soothing audiobook. If those methods are ineffective, try to focus on breathing slowly. Slow breathing will calm the mind and make sleeping easier.
  2. Exercise – Though sleep is necessary for a healthier mind, do not sleep all the time. Staying in bed all day can be as bad as never sleeping at all, causing you to feel depressed and anxious. Exercise is a great way to keep your mind and body fit and your anxiety at bay because it releases endorphins into your body, the natural chemicals that keep you happy. When you notice your anxiety beginning to rise, perhaps take a walk outside if the weather is accommodating, or even put on some fun music and dance around your house.
  3. Keep a Journal – Journaling can be a great way to release your worries. Instead of holding onto your fears, write them down in a personal journal. Many people find this method to be a powerful coping tool, allowing them to place their thoughts outside their heads, where they can more easily address them. Journaling is relaxing for the brain and can be therapeutic.
  4. Listen to Music – Music is powerful. David played music for Saul on his harp to pacify his mind. In the same way, we too can find peace and comfort through the music we listen to. However, do not overuse this method. Some people can become addicted to music to medicate their anxiety or depression to the point at which they needed a constant noise in their ears to distract them from their thoughts. Use music when you need a quick distraction and mood increaser, but do not rely on it to keep your spirits up.
  5. Tell a Friend – Expressing your emotions is difficult—very difficult at times. Often, many people would rather bottle up their emotions than allow others to see their insecurities, but opening up to a close friend about your struggles can be a great way to find peace. When you feel your anxiety arising, call a friend and tell him how you are feeling. Sometimes, a friend’s listening ear can make all the difference.
  6. Remove Unhealthy Practices – Alcohol, drugs, gambling, and reckless behaviors can damage your mind and your peace. They may provide distractions that appear to aid your anxiety in the moment, but the relief is temporary and often leads to worse issues in the future. These activities are habit-forming and can trap individuals into a constant desire for more in order to feel temporary relief or pleasure. Removing these items from your life is a sure step toward peace of mind. 
  7. Pray – Those who pray often feel calmer and more at peace afterward. As with journaling and talking with a friend, praying helps to focus your mind and to put your emotions into words. 

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At Thomas J. Henry, we focus on personal injury matters and achieving the maximum recovery for all the damages you and your family have suffered – physical, mental, and emotional. Our firm has the resources to take care of you and your family during the legal process. Our lawyers are dedicated to each and every client and their unique case. Let us help you get the compensation you deserve for the injuries you have sustained. Contact our personal injury attorneys — available 24/7, nights and weekends — for a free legal consultation.

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