3 Ways To Cope With Anxiety and Stress

Techniques For Coping With Daily Stress and Anxiety

There are often times when we feel anxiety and stress, but sometimes our levels are heightened by added pressures and upcoming events. Do you feel anxious when the pressure is on? Do you struggle to calm your nerves in the midst of stressful situations?

Coping With Stress and AnxietyIf you do, that is normal…no-one likes these feelings. It isn’t just felt by someone diagnosed with an anxiety disorder.

These pressures are extra worries and can become overwhelming in your day-to-day routines.

Anxiety about a particular situation can cause you to feel even more worried about everything else, but you can learn to thrive in situations that challenge your emotions.

* Learning to deal effectively with anxiety is a powerful skill that will benefit you in many ways.

* Your relationships with others will be impacted in a positive way.

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* You’ll go after your dreams instead of giving up easily and your self-confidence will grow as you develop the habit of effectively responding to situations despite the fears inside of you.

If you begin to use these simple anxiety relief techniques today, you will soon learn how to cope with anxiety and stress in your own way.

One technique may work better for you than another, but usually a mixture of a few will work better. For example don’t just meditate or deep breath, look at what else you can do to help yourself.

Here are a few suggestions. These are really simple solutions that can help you cope with daily worries.

3 Easy Steps For Anxiety and Stress Relief

1. Practice Deep Breathing Techniques

  • Practice deep breathing. Yes, we have all heard of this one, but it works! One of the most effective ways to cope with anxiety is deep breathing. Deep breaths get much-needed oxygen to your brain and throughout your body, relaxing your muscles. The increased air to your body and mind helps you calm down in times when you would normally become stressed out. Take a look at a smoker…they relax when they draw in that deep breath…it isn’t always the nicotine that helps. If you are a smoker, try sucking on a straw to see what I mean.
  • When you notice that you’re beginning to get nervous, pay attention to your breathing. For a few days, 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. This is a technique called diaphragmatic breathing. Be sure to take in a slow, full breath. Exhale slowly.
  • If you practice this deep breathing exercise you will be equipped to control your breathing when a stressful situation occurs. When the pressure is on and you notice your heartbeat beginning to rise simply pay attention to your breathing and do what you have practiced.

2. Face Your Fear Head On

  • 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 becomes used to taking on challenges in dealing with your nerves, give yourself greater challenges to increase your ability to handle them. This is difficult, so go slowly, slowly…until each time the fear lessens.
  • 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. The more steps you take outside of your comfort zone, the better equipped you’ll be when the real challenges of life cause you to feel extremely anxious.

3. Diet and Exercise

  • Drink plenty of water. Eat a balanced breakfast. Eat small meals and eat more often. Stay away from sugary treats and drinks. The sugars heighten your anxiety! Keep track of what you’re eating in a daily journal so that you can begin to notice patterns that sabotage your health. Look for the hidden sugars in so-called health foods. These are the worst! When your body is fueled properly, the daily anxieties you experience will be less overwhelming.
  • Exercise your body and release that pent up adrenaline that causes stress to escalate. You know what I mean…the heart starts racing at a hundred mile an hour! Get your body moving, walk fast and get rid of it! 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 and is an outlet for frustration. It also is excellent for boosting your overall self-confidence. All of these contribute to a peaceful feeling and less anxiety on a daily basis.

So there you have a few suggestions to help you with keep your stress levels in check. If you’ve tried many things without success, a mental health professional that is trained to help you overcome these challenges may be your next step. Sometimes the issues you face with anxiety may require you to seek professional counseling to overcome them or you may need to look at following a self help program, such as ‘The Linden Method’.

It’s normal to feel nervous when stressful situations occur, but without simple strategies to overcome those nerves you can feel overwhelmed with anxiety.

Try using the 3 strategies above to effectively cope with your feelings of anxiety and stress and emerge triumphant everyday. You may like to use the following affirmation…it is amazing how reading a positive affirmation can be so helpful.

Daily Affirmation For Staying Focused

  • Life is a progression of actions and results of those actions. My actions and choices are yielding for me a plethora of benefits.
  • I remain focused and motivated by keeping my goals in sight. Even in times of sorrow, I continue pressing on so that I may enjoy the fruit of my labor in the future.
  • To encourage myself, I recall situations where I was successful. Knowing that I have previously conquered my fears reassures me that my future is filled with triumph.
  • As I look at my past and reflect on its lessons, I equip myself with strength and wisdom. The more I live, the more I learn. I grow as an individual with each bit of knowledge I apply to my current situation.
  • Today, I choose to fill my heart with the expectation of great things to come. Even as I cherish the abundance of the present, I believe that my best day is ahead of me.

Self-Reflection Questions:

  1. How is my life today better and calmer than it was yesterday?
  2. What am I looking forward to tomorrow?
  3. Why is it necessary for me to practice one technique when I am anxious?

Now tell me how you cope with anxiety and stress? Do you do any of the above…and do these techniques help you?

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About Jennifer Johnson

I suffered with social anxiety and stress for years. I discovered what my triggers were and learned to control them. Hopefully some of the natural anxiety relief techniques I have tried, will also be your solution.

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