In this blog we cover healthy ways to cope with anxiety allowing you to live a full life in recovery.
According to a research study published in The Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, aerobic exercises such as jogging, swimming, walking, cycling, and gardening have been proven to reduce anxiety and depression. Exercise releases endorphins to help boost a person’s mood and regulate emotions. When experiencing anxiety the body and mind are filled with pent-up energy, and exercise provides a healthy outlet, even if only done for twenty minutes a day. When done consistently, exercise has been shown to make the brain less reactive to stress, so while exercise is helpful in the short term for a mood boost, the long term effects are less anxiety overall.
Anxiety typically involves thoughts of the future which are tied up in constant worry. Meditation is one of the most effective and fast ways to bring the body and mind back to the present moment where peace can be found. There are several different forms of meditation that can be practiced. A guided meditation is recommended when in the midst of intense anxiety because it will gently bring you back to the present while also replacing negative thoughts with positive and healing ones.
When experiencing anxiety, the mind is clouded with thoughts and it is difficult to sift through them all. Taking out a journal and putting pen to paper can help. Writing out the anxious thoughts provides an outlet so you can take an objective look and see more clearly. Having anxiety documented can also reveal what triggers should be avoided and is a great tool to bring to therapy. Getting into the practice of journaling will give anxiety the outlet it needs to subside.