Picture the scene: your inbox is flooding with urgent emails, you have already missed one project deadline today, and your noisy neighbours are fighting again...
1 Don’t panic
Although telling yourself not to panic in anxious situations – like telling yourself to fall asleep when you can’t fall asleep – won’t work, the best thing to do, according to behavioural experts, is to address it. When you feel your emotions rise and a wave of anxiety hit your stomach, just take a moment, breathe and try to figure out what is making you panic. More often than not, you’ll discover that whatever triggered your anxiety in the first place can actually be resolved.
2 Go easy on the coffee
For some people, this is a tough one. Coffee and caffeinated beverages in general increase our alertness by releasing adrenaline into the body; too much caffeine can lead to jitteriness, insomnia, heart palpitations, and higher levels of stress. So before you grab that fourth espresso of the day, think twice and grab a herbal tea.
3 There’s an app for that
There are many mindfulness apps that can help restore balance and equilibrium with a ‘mini-escape’. Calm, for example, is a relaxation app with gentle nature sounds and bedtime stories to help lull you to sleep. Headspace, a science-backed meditation app led by a former monk, aims to calm your nerves. Rootd is an app to help regulate your stress levels with guided breathing techniques.
4 Yoga for non-yogis
Yoga is a treat for your mind and body. If you’re feeling overwhelmed, taking a few minutes to do a yoga sequence will help you relax. Just 10 minutes of stretching and deep breathing will restore cognitive balance and improve your health.
5 Be kind to yourself
Remember to go easy on yourself and have realistic expectations. When you feel stress levels rising, take a moment to calm yourself and hold on to optimism.