I suffer from severe anxiety, and it sucks.

So, I thought that I would take a moment to compile a list of ten things that have helped me cope through the years.

It is important to note that I am not a doctor and that every case of anxiety is different. Subsequently, what has worked for me may not work for someone else. If that is the case, experiment a little; find out what works for you and what doesn't.

Without further to do, here is my list:

1. Eat Bananas:

Believe it or not, I have found that eating a banana calms down an anxiety attack. I am not sure if this is a proven effect of bananas; however, I believe that it works.

2. Drink Chamomile Tea:  

Chamomile is a fabulous relaxation tea, especially when used before bed. If you require a stronger bedtime tea, you can check out ones containing valerian root.

[Note: If you are Canadian or American-based, I recommend checking out "Sweet Dreams" by DavidsTea.]

3. Eat Calcium-Rich Foods:

Like bananas, calcium based foods such as cottage cheese or yogurt are calming foods for me, especially when they are consumed before bed because they can help promote relaxation and sleep. 

4. Stay Hydrated:

This one is obvious, when you are thirsty and dehydrated you will likely be more anxious. Drinking enough water during the day can do wonders for your mind and body. Anyone who knows me knows that I am always carrying a bottle of water. 

5. Maintain A Hobby:

Keeping yourself busy is important with anxiety disorders. A hobby focuses the attention away from your anxiety and onto something more productive. If you don't have a hobby, I suggest that you start by exploring areas that pique your interest.

Some ideas include:

  • Blogging [This is how my first blog  was born]
  • Photography
  • Knitting
  • Sewing
  • Scrapbooking

The options are endless. So, go out and explore the different hobbies. Find something that works for you.

6. Cut Out Junk Food:

Cutting out junk food and eating healthier has been an advantageous change; both for my mind and body. As a result, I have lost nearly 20lbs, and I have been feeling better overall.

7. Cut Out Caffeine:

For me, the choice to give up caffeine was an obvious one. I found that caffeine exaggerated the effects of my anxiety, and it made me miserable. So, I cut out the caffeine and switched to herbal teas; the change has resulted in me being a calmer person.

8. Have A Pet:

Agoraphobia has been lonely. So, having the love of a pet has been one of the best experiences of my life. My dogs have been my best friends throughout the years; they sense when I am having a bad day and stay close to me. 

9. Take Regular Timeouts To Have Fun:

Taking timeouts is important. Unfortunately, I cannot work outside the house right now. So, blogging has become my "job."

Nevertheless, I still maintain the belief that it is crucial to take some form of time out.

When I am not blogging, my activities include: reading, listening to music, having a long bath and watching YouTuber videos.

Too much time spent working without fun is a surefire way to make anxiety worse.

10. Take Medications And Consult A Physician Regularly:

If your doctor prescribes medication for anxiety disorder, it is vital that you take it as directed. Medication can take weeks to take effect. It may even take several attempts to find a suitable prescription. However, I firmly believe that it is worth it in the long run.​

Similarly, if you have been on a prescription for a while, and you believe that you feel better I urge you not to stop taking the medication without consulting your Doctor. I have made this error myself, and it was a huge mistake; I had a few bad months as a result.

When you feel better, it means that the medication is working.

Published by Melissa Rose