You can read all the anti-anxiety advice in the world but none of that 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 Zen-like. You’re probably familiar with some of these anxiety strategies. But if you still experience racing thoughts, tightening in your chest, and shortness of breath, you haven’t done all of them.

Your part is to commit to 15-60 minutes per day and tackle a few of the following 22 anxiety busters below. The more you commit, the better you’ll feel.

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1: 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. Not getting enough rest at night can led to anxiety during the day, which is why it’s advisable to sleep early.

2: Wake up 15 Minutes Early

Like most anxious people, you’re probably rushing around in the morning and yelling at everyone in your wake, “Hurry up! We’re going to be late!” Go slowly, and set yourself up for a relaxed day ahead. If you start to worry about the To-Do list, take a deep breath and think: There is enough time.

3: 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.

4: Plan a Day Trip

When you spend time in nature, you give your mind and body a much-needed break from the hustle and bustle which causes you to Google things like “How to get rid of anxiety” in the first place. Chances are no matter where you live, there’s a serene, interesting and charming place within a couple hours.

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5: 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. So they don’t serve peppermint tea on a silver tray, close your eyes and imagine that five-star service while you take in the pampering you deserve.

6: Eliminate Soda

If you are used to taking sodas, switch to green tea. 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. Teeth become susceptible to cavities when the acid level of your saliva falls below a certain point.

7: Reduce Caffeine, Sugar and Processed Foods From Your Diet

Caffeine can cause heart palpitations if you ingest too much. Caffeine also can trigger panic or anxiety attacks, especially if you have an anxiety disorder. Hypoglycemia, or low blood sugar, can also cause palpitations. Besides caffeine, and sugar, food allergies are a big contributing factor in your overactive central nervous system.

8: Go Green!

Diet affects anxiety. A morning glass of green juice can get you on the right side of calm.

9: Attend a Social Gathering even if you don’t feel like

If you’re prone to social anxiety, it’s important to make time for socialization. It’s cool to be an introvert, but know that we live in a universe that revolves around connecting with others.

10: Exercise, Exercise, Exercise!

Exercise is nature’s anti-anxiety remedy. Besides clearing the mind, firing up the endorphins, and helping you sleep soundly at night, researchers have found that individuals who exercise vigorously and regularly were 25 percent less likely to develop an anxiety disorder within five years.

See you on the calm side!

 

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