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Six Ways to deal with Anxiety

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27 November 2017

You may have seen our blog about dealing with stress, which we posted a few weeks ago.  Knowing that stress and anxiety often run hand-in-hand we thought we would put together some strategies for dealing with the anxious times in our lives too.

Anxiety is a condition that can be experienced in varying degrees, usually triggered by common external factors such as work, money worries and family.  All of us will experience this at some point in our lives, but often some of us are better at coping than others.  Mild cases anxiety normally come and go and can be helped with the steps below, however if it ever feels like it’s becoming overwhelming or you begin experiencing panic attacks please speak to a medical professional.

Journaling

Sometimes a great way to deal with and reduce your anxious feelings is to write them down. By detailing them onto paper, you make room for more positive thoughts.

Sleep

Getting the correct hours of sleep will help you deal with the day ahead, however this can be difficult if your worries are keeping you awake.  Make sure to try and make your night time routine as relaxing as possible. Set yourself a time to switch off from work and emails, have a warm bath, move your electronics away from your bed to avoid distractions and try some relaxation exercises such as light yoga stretches.

Take a break

Taking breaks when you are a teacher is not always easy, but on days you feel particularly stressed and anxious, it’s important to make time for you.   A change of scenery, even if only for a short amount of time will help will you focus.

Talk to Someone

Often our own minds will only let us think about the worst-case scenarios and sometimes we just need that one person in our lives who can ground us and makes us see the bigger picture.  Find someone who you trust (such as a friend or family member) and talk through those thoughts. Another person’s positive perspective may be all you need.

Music

Your favourite music will often help take your mind elsewhere, but Neuroscience has also looked into the benefits of music on the brain.  This article lists the top 10 best songs to help you reduce those anxious feelings. 

Exercise & Diet

Exercise, even moderate exercise will help clear your mind and release those feel-good endorphins.  A nutritious diet will also help lead to healthy hormonal functioning, which will then lead to an improved sense of well-being.

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