You don’t have to be diagnosed with a mental health condition to experience anxiety. You don’t need to have gone through a traumatic event or have a certain personality type to know what the incredibly uncomfortable side effects of anxiety feel like.
Anxiety can happen to anyone, and it’s happening all around us – by the millions. And whether you have an anxiety disorder or have developed anxiety while working through a hard time in your life, we want to remind you that your feelings are valid and real and do not make you any less or weaker of a person. So, while you may identify with some of this, know that anxiety does not define you.
What anxiety will do is creep into your life and start to take over everything it can until getting a good night’s sleep or getting through what once was your normal day-to-day feels impossible at times, challenging at best.
Whether or not you’ve experienced anxiety until now (and we’re so glad you’re here for help), you will know it when you feel it. Typically, it will start with a worry or fear over something that hasn’t happened yet or even something that already happened that you can’t seem to stop dwelling on. These thoughts then manifest into restlessness, tension, rapid breathing, an increased heart rate, trouble concentrating, trouble sleeping, sweating, or the feeling that danger is on the horizon. Once one or two of these symptoms start, they can begin to cause more or become worse until both the physical and mental toll anxiety’s taken on you feels awful and overwhelming.
Right now, your mind may be riddled with anxious thoughts – thoughts that are relentless, disheartening, and downright complex, which is why the best way you can start finding some anxiety relief is by keeping it simple.
These are five simple anxiety relief tips that you can practice every day. Start with the one that speaks the most to you today, and even if it works great for you, we still recommend trying and familiarizing yourself with all of them. Think of these tips as your anxiety relief toolbox – once you become more aware of how your anxiety builds up within you, you will get better and better at knowing which tool you need when the time comes.