Do you ever just wonder how you are going to make it through the day? Why do you always feel so worried or anxious? Are these thoughts starting to impact on your relationships, your work and your mental health. Here are some top tips for dealing with anxiety

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Exercise: getting your 30 minutes of exercise everyday is not only good for your body it’s good for your mind. Don’t limit yourself to the gym. There are so many ways to get exercise. Be creative, do you like music? Dance around the house to your favourite tracks. Do you like gardening, make a point of finally digging over that veggie patch. How about joining that belly dancing group? It’ll make you feel so much better about yourself and get you meeting others. What about mud running, there is a whole industry built around mud. And let’s be honest ladies and gents not only will it  have the feel good factor, it’ll also be great for your skin. Do you have a baby? There are often local buggy fitness groups which meet and pound the pavements.You are only limited by your imagination here. But it’s about finding a form of exercise which suits you.

Breathing: when your body starts to become anxious pay attention to your breathing. Take a deep breath slowly in and out. This simple exercise can be one of the most effective ways of dealing with anxiety and stress.

Education: start to understand what is happening to you. Talking to others who know what you are going through like a counsellor or therapist can be  helpful. Knowing that others understand what is happening to you can be very empowering and you are not alone with this.

Sleep: Create a routine for yourself around bedtime. Make sure it does not include too much screen time. What relaxes you? Drinking a warm milky drink or having a nice bath or shower can help. Relaxing aromatherapy oils like lavender or chamomile are well known to help. I’ve heard of people creating hops pillows to help them sleep. What works for you? Is insomnia a problem? Hypnotherapy can be useful for insomnia.

These are just a few tips for dealing with anxiety. Be aware that we are all different and sometimes the effects can take time, staying positive is important. But most importantly taking the time  to look after yourself, learn what your triggers are and get help if you need it.You are not alone in this.