Wednesday, December 26, 2018

Seven Tips for Reducing Anxiety for Men

Anxiety can have serious adverse effects on all aspects of your life. Whether it is putting a strain on your interpersonal relationships with loved ones or making going to work a chore and a drudgery, anxiety can be a very destructive force in many ways.

Today, we are going to look at seven tips to help you reduce your anxiety and begin living a fuller life.

#1 - Exercise More

The positive effects of exercise are off the charts. Studies have shown that a regular, balanced exercise routine can result in benefits to your mood, anxiety levels, and your general outlook on life.

As with anything in life, it is essential to make sure that your exercise is balanced. There is such a thing as too much! However, if you suffer from anxiety, getting into a healthy exercise routine can help relieve some of that suffering.

#2 - Verbalize It

Sometimes as a man, it can be hard to verbalize how we are feeling. Even when dealing with severe anxiety, it can be tempting to try and “handle it” on your own. Some men think that expressing how they feel is a sign of weakness.

However, the truth is the opposite. It takes bravery to face your feelings. Getting those feelings out, instead of bottling them up, can make them more manageable.

There are many ways to approach this. However some of the best methods include talking to trusted loved ones, journaling, or consulting a trained professional. 

#3 - Try Natural Remedies

Nature is full of solutions to the problems that the modern man faces. You must know where to look.

There are some who posit that inflammation in the body causes much of the anxiety people are forced to deal with today. This inflammation prevents the body from operating at peak efficiency which can lead to a host of problems including, potentially, anxiety.

A little research will show that there is a plethora of natural anti-inflammatory treatments and supplements available.  Some of those include Omega 3 + DHA, Vitamin D3, Curcumin (aka turmeric), and organic CBD salve.

CBD oil has shown promise and potential as a natural anti-inflammatory agent.

#4 - Get Enough Sleep

The bed is your friend. Study after study has shown that most humans require a solid 7-9 hours of sleep per night. When your body does not get the amount of sleep that it needs, it compromises your health in a lot of different ways. A lack of sleep can also create stress and anxiety.

Most of the time, people do not sleep 7-9 hours per night because they have too much going on.
However, the key here is realizing that your health and well-being must take precedence. If you are serious about wanting to reduce your anxiety levels, making sure you prioritize sleep is essential.

#5 - Eat Clean

There is an old saying, “You are what you eat.” And while it may seem a bit cliché, there is still a ring of truth to this ancient wisdom. What we put inside our body in the form of food is the fuel that our bodies use to keep us going.

Look at your overall diet. What are you eating? What are the fallback foods that might be less than good for you?

If food is your fuel, make sure that you are giving your body the best ammunition available. Anxiety can flourish when our bodies are not operating at peak potential. If you are not feeding your body quality fuel, you won’t be able to produce at that higher level, and as a result, anxiety has a way better shot at controlling your life.

#6 - Practice a Positive Mindset

Our thoughts are far more powerful than we give them credit for. Negative thoughts can lead to destructive habits and the proliferation of anxiety.

We are not talking about some vague “good vibes” type of thing. Instead, we are talking about real, solid mindset. What do you think about more than anything else? What do you dwell on? Are you being grateful and looking on the bright side?

Anxiety can’t hang around for long if you are continually bringing your mind back to positive thoughts.

#7 - Learn to Say “No.”

Sometimes anxiety finds its root in too many “good things.” If you are feeling stressed and overwhelmed with all the millions of things you must accomplish, chances are your anxiety is stemming from that amount of pressure you are putting on yourself.

We must fulfill our responsibilities. However, we do have the power to say “no.” There are seasons of life where we can’t handle as much as maybe we would like to. Realize that it’s ok and permit yourself to say “no” when you need to.

This is a guest blog entry.

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