So many of us try to control what we can’t, and end up feeling anxious. It could be about the weather on an important day, or an embarrassing comment you made during a date. Whatever it is, being anxious about it won’t help. So just go with the flow, forgive yourself, and live your life normally.
Now for some traditional yet effective strategies:
Relax: take some time to relax, you can do this by practicing deep meditation, doing yoga, or even listening to music. Submerge yourself to whatever it is that you have chosen to do.
Balanced diet: As I said in the depression section, eating a healthy diet can hekp keep your spirits high. Your body needs to be fed all the right kinds of foods. That doesn’t mean loading up on feel good foods in quantity! We all know that chocolate or a pizza makes you feel good, but too much of a good thing can also make you feel very low once the buzz has worn off.
Avoid Alcohol and Caffeine: There two can really push your anxiety even further. If you really like coffee, try decaffeinated. I changed over about ten years ago and it helps my levels of sanity enormously.
Get Proper Sleep: A stressed mind (or any mind, for that matter) needs sufficient sleep to function properly. Don’t make excuses. There are ways to get off to sleep even if you are depressed.
Exercise Regularly: As discussed earlier, exercise is a great stress buster. What this does as well is help your body to be sufficiently tired at night to sleep correctly, while boosting energy levels during the day.
Take Deep Breaths: Whenever you are too stressed, inhale and exhale deeply for a few minutes. You must be aware of the paper bag trick when someone is overly stressed. This is done to bring down the oxygen level in the body that get overloaded when you panic and over-oxygenate. Deep breaths do the same thing. They help the balance of your body.
Accept That You Cannot Control Everything. Put your stress in perspective: Is it really as bad as you think? Most of the time, it isn’t. However, in your depressed state, you may see problems as being out of control. You need to make lists for yourself and decide which items have priority. This will teach you to order your life so that things are in better control.