Are you a natural worrier? Maybe, when there’s some major event coming up, whether that’s an exam, a job interview, a date or something else that can similarly create jitters, you suffer from loads of scary visions about what could go wrong, without stopping to consider what could go right.
Unfortunately, this kind of negative thinking can wreak havoc on your sleeping patterns and so encourage a vicious cycle whereby insufficient sleep undermines your mental health. How can you turn things around? Following the tips listed below could prove a good start.
Aim for a solid seven to nine hours of sleep nightly
What came first, the anxiety or the poor sleeping? If you’re feeling nervous during daylight hours but this anguish doesn’t seem to have trickled through to affecting your sleeping routine, you might not find it too difficult to follow Shape’s advice that you aim to sleep for seven to nine hours each night.
However, if that sleep slumber doesn’t seem to leave you feeling perkier during the day or, worse, anxiety is preventing you from sleeping well at all, then consider our other tips.
Regularly add to a “gratitude journal”
Maybe you keep stressing so hard to achieve something that, well, you forget what you’ve already achieved. Look at it this way: it would be tragic to succeed in something but not set aside time to appreciate reaching that milestone. You can rectify that by adding to a gratitude journal.
In doing so, especially when well-rested, you could feel your anxiety slowly melting away.
Eat the right stuff
What should you be eating? Of course, there’s plenty of online advice on that subject, but if it’s specifically anxiety that you want to bust, look for foods rich in vitamin B, which research has associated with mental healthiness.
If you see omega-3s on the ingredients list of your chosen foods, this could also bode well for relief in your low mood. Keep away from sugary delights, though; research hints that eating those could increase your symptoms of anxiety.
Get some exercise into your regular schedule
If you are a couch potato, changing that could do wonders for your mental health. Exercising vigorously and regularly can bring various benefits in this respect – including clearing your mind, getting your endorphins firing and, crucially, helping you to sleep better.
According to researchers mentioned by Psychology Today, individuals heeding this advice about exercise could benefit from a 25% lower likelihood of forming an anxiety disorder within five years.
Are you a smoker? Consider switching to vaping
Depression Health Network cites several studies revealing that taking up smoking can significantly increase your risk of suffering from an anxiety disorder. However, if you don’t feel quite ready to go “cold turkey” on smoking, you could transition yourself into vaping for the time being.
Reassuringly, vaping has better implications for anxiety than nicotine does. That’s a good reason to take notice of top vaping trends, including increasing awareness of health benefits of vaping, and pick up some vaping products.