It is mental health awareness week and this year’s theme is Anxiety.

Top Ten Tips for Managing Anxiety

The Mental Health and Wellbeing Show are passionate about providing information that can help people with their mental health, so we have put together ten top tips on how to manage anxiety. Have a read.

1) Recognise and acknowledge your anxiety: The first step in managing anxiety is to recognise and acknowledge that you are experiencing it. Try to identify what triggers your anxiety, such as a stressful situation, and then take steps to manage it.

2) Practice mindfulness: Mindfulness can help you to stay focused on the present moment and avoid worrying about the future. You can practice mindfulness through meditation, deep breathing, or other relaxation techniques.

3) Exercise regularly: Exercise is a great way to manage anxiety. It releases endorphins, which can improve your mood and reduce stress levels. Try to get at least 30 minutes of exercise per day.

4) Get enough sleep: Lack of sleep can contribute to feelings of anxiety. Try to get at least 7-8 hours of sleep each night and establish a regular sleep routine.

5) Eat a balanced diet: Eating a balanced diet can help to reduce anxiety symptoms. Try to eat plenty of fruits, vegetables, lean protein, and whole grains, and limit your intake of processed and sugary foods.

6) Avoid caffeine and alcohol: Caffeine and alcohol can increase feelings of anxiety. Limit your intake of these substances or avoid them altogether.

7) Practice relaxation techniques: Relaxation techniques, such as deep breathing, progressive muscle relaxation, or guided imagery, can help to reduce anxiety symptoms.

8) Stay connected with others: Social support can help to reduce feelings of anxiety. Stay connected with friends and family members, and consider joining a support group.

9) Challenge negative thoughts: Negative thoughts can contribute to anxiety. Try to challenge these thoughts by asking yourself if they are realistic or helpful.

10) Seek professional help: If your anxiety is interfering with your daily life, it may be time to seek professional help. A therapist or counsellor can help you to develop strategies to manage your anxiety and improve your quality of life.

Anxiety and Depression Workshop

Our sponsors Ajuda Training Academy run an anxiety and depression workshop. This workshop teaches people how to manage anxiety boosting confidence in people reducing depression. Visit the website linked below for more information about the workshop.