How to combat Anxiety and Inner Stress
Did you know that 1 in 6 young Australian's aged between 16 - 24 experience anxiety and stress on a daily basis? That is a scary 15.4% of Australia's population!
I used to be one of those girls, constantly stressed and worried about everything from school and uni studies, to socialising, body image, and just generally what people thought of me. It took me a while to realise that this stress was counterproductive, and not only wearing me down but holding me back. Juggling all our commitments and engagements in our demanding lives can be downright exhausting. Once your head finally hits the pillow at night, your mind continues to race – this not only has a dramatic effect on your mental health, but also a significant impact on physical wellbeing.
Despite this, I do not believe we need prescriptions and medications to conquer our stress and anxiety, we can overcome our negative mindsets and overloaded brains through a few simple lifestyle changes.
Below are my tips on how to combat anxiety and release your stress for good. So let's learn how to identify the stress early and not let it consume our lives.
Get organised - Create a functional and organised calendar. the icloud calendar is a good one. Allowing you to colour code, set reminders etc.
Learn to say NO – Easier said than done. Prioritize and be realistic about what can be achieved in a day, to ensure you are not over-committing and therefore creating unnecessary stress and chaos.
Regular exercise – Consciously put time aside to do some exercise. This is important for releasing endorphins and increasing serotonin levels for a happy mindset. Whether you are enjoying the fresh air by going for a run or walk, doing a yoga or pilates class, choose something that you are comfortable with and can enjoy.
Meditate – An essential 10 mins a day of peace and stillness! Lie on the floor, switch off and tune out. Focus on inhaling and exhaling through your nose and mouth.
Go Raw! – As the old saying goes, ‘what you put in is what you get out’ - gut health is where it all begins. The gut and intuition go hand in hand, to reduce any barriers to logical and clear thinking by nourishing and respecting your gut with a good diet.
- Eat rich foods that are high in nutrients and vitamins
- Reduce intake of processed foods and refined sugar foods
But most importantly just learn to relax, and say to yourself "everything will be ok". There's nothing more effective in solving your problems than a good night sleep. Try to have a minimum of 8 hours sleep every night and don't underestimate the power of taking some deep breaths to combat your stress!