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How To Reduce Anxiety

Written by: Kamini Wood, Executive Contributor

Executive Contributors at Brainz Magazine are handpicked and invited to contribute because of their knowledge and valuable insight within their area of expertise.


It is quite normal to have butterflies in your stomach before speaking in public or to feel awfully worried about the upcoming job interview. Still, these feelings are considerably different from anxiety. Unlike normal feelings of worry, uneasiness, and fear, anxiety disorder characterizes an excessive apprehension and a nonspecific discomfort that doesn't have a real reason.

Anxiety can have a serious impact on your job success, interpersonal relationships, and overall well-being. This is the most common mental illness in the United States, affecting 40 million adult population (the Anxiety and Depression Association of America). Even though anxiety is a highly treatable condition, only 36.9% of people suffering from it receive the treatment.

How to Overcome Anxiety?

Anxiety is a correctable condition. Therapeutic approaches such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy show a high rate of success in treating this condition. Likewise, there are steps you can take to help you manage the symptoms. So, here are a few tips on how to cope with anxiety.

1. Learn about your Anxiety

The first step in coping with your symptoms is getting informed and learning about anxiety. Learn how to recognize your symptoms and look for factors that cause feelings of apprehension and fear. Be aware of situations that usually provoke these feelings.

The best way to keep track of your anxiety is to write your feelings and thoughts down. Write a diary or a journal every time you feel anxious. This will help you to recognize the patterns and signs of anxiety.

2. Set the Boundaries

Establishing the boundaries toward your life experiences will help you ease anxiety and improve your overall well-being. Be self-aware, learn how to control your feelings and communicate assertively.

Also, limit your media exposure. Avoid spending time on your devices at least 40 minutes to an hour before going to bed. Research shows that spending nights in front of the screen with artificial light can restrict the body’s production of melatonin, a hormone that helps you fall asleep.

3. Practice Relaxation and Meditation

Relaxation techniques such as deep breathing or tightening and relaxing your body muscles can help you manage anxiety symptoms. Additionally, you can practice some of the general relaxation methods like going for a walk, reading a book and engaging in other activities that make you feel happy.

Moreover, mindful meditation can help you cope with anxiety by improving your self-esteem, helping you to stay focused, and increasing your mood and optimism.

In addition, research shows that mindfulness can reduce the activity in the amygdala. This cluster of neurons in the limbic system of our brain plays a crucial role in processing emotions, and it is a starting point for our anxiety reactions.

So, when outside stressors convince your amygdala that you are in danger, this part of the brain responds with fight or flight reaction and you feel stressed and anxious as a result. Reducing amygdala’s activity, mindfulness cuts your background level of stress and anxiety.

4. Stay Active

Research proved that physical activity promotes a series of changes in the brain. Exercise can rewire your brain, stimulating the growth of neurons and neural connections. Physical activity stimulates the production ofhormones of happiness’, the brain neurochemicals that trigger the body’s opiate receptors, causing an analgesic effect. In short, physical exercise can boost your confidence, increase optimism, and help you relax.

Anxiety can be serious if not properly handled. Getting informed and ready to make lifestyle changes are the first steps in overcoming it.

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Kamini Wood, Executive Contributor Brainz Magazine Kamini Wood is the founder and CEO of Live Joy Your Way and the AuthenticMe® RiseUp program. An international best-selling author Kamini is driven to support people of all ages to heal their relationship with themselves and to stop outsourcing their self-worth. As a result, her clients become their own confident, resilient self-leader with healthier relationships. Kamini is a certified life coach, board-certified by the American Association of Drugless Practitioners, holds specialty certifications in Calling in the One®, Conscious Uncoupling®, NewMoney Story®, and teen life coaching. Also trained in conscious parenting, Kamini aims to meet her clients where they are, supporting and guiding them on their journey to where they want to be, both personally and professionally. Her mission: create space for each person to see the unique gifts they bring to this world.



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