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7 ways to release anxiety

It seems that a lot of people appear to be dealing with “anxiety issues.” Whether or not these anxiety issues are clinical, or are just the regular anxieties of life isn’t for me to say, but you have to admit, there is a lot more discussion about anxiety than there was a few decades ago.

You can read all the anti-anxiety advice in the world, but none of this matters unless you take action. To feel more relaxed, to sleep soundly at night, and to put energy into what matters, you have to stop wasting time on tasks that don't matter.

By the end of this article, your life could become infinitely more productive and calm. Your part is to commit to 15-60 minutes per day and tackle a few of the following 7 anxiety busters below:

1. Deep, slow breathing: This is seriously the easiest thing you can do, and you can do it any time you feel your blood pressure start to rise. It is automatically calming. Practice deep breathing regularly at the slightest sign of anxiety to take the edge off before it ramps up and gets ugly.

2. Meditate instead of Medicate: Calm is an inside job. Give yourself the gift of serenity and start the day with ten minutes of solitude and positive energy. Think calm, measured and open-minded, and your daily activities will correspond.

3. Practice Self-Care: Get a massage, a mani-pedi, or a haircut. Nothing says polished and well-maintained like a sexy, healthy glow. If money is tight, look for a discount salon or a training school which offers quality services for people on a budget.

4. Connect, rather than disconnect: When we are in an anxious state we naturally separate from the people around us. We avoid eye contact, we get mad, we push away. These types of avoidant behaviors only amplify anxious feelings and distrust in the world around you. So instead, make a daily practice of trying to connect with people to reduce anxious and avoidant behaviors. Make eye contact, smile, give hugs, and think positive thoughts about the people around you.

5. Stay present: Anxiety is a function of too much forward-thinking. Instead of just being where we are, when we are anxious we are in the process of worrying about what’s to come next. Unfortunately, there isn’t anything that you can do to control what’s going to happen tomorrow right this moment. You only have control over the here and now. Get present and bring your thoughts back into what’s going on currently. You will cross that next bridge when you get to it.

6. Eliminate soda: That morning jolt of joe can jumpstart your day and provide warmth and comfort, but anything with high fructose corn syrup and 177 other ingredients will not. Not only does the caffeine jack up your central nervous system, soda depletes vitamins and minerals from your diet and wreaks havoc on your smile.

7. Go to bed early: This may sound impossible if you're accustomed to staying up late to catch up on the To-Do list. But this one's a MUST. Sleep deprivation is a huge anxiety culprit. Inadequate shuteye can amplify the brain's anticipatory reactions, upping overall anxiety levels, according to research. Don't burn the midnight oil in hopes of catching up on the weekends. Unused sleep minutes don't roll over.

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