Maintaining a healthy lifestyle is a great way to reduce anxious feelings, for example eating regularly and having a good sleep pattern. Having breakfast, lunch and dinner at the right times will also help your body to fit into a routine. As does going to bed and getting up at the same time.
Having a consistent routine can help give structure to your life. Patterns can be set as we react the same way or do the same thing in certain situations. Our body can begin to expect and follow such routines.
Everyone knows that exercise is good for your body – but it’s also important for your emotional well being. Exercise causes your brain to release chemicals that make you feel good. Exercise keeps our heart, body and our minds healthy. There is evidence that exercise can help in depression, anxiety and even protects you from stress.
Regular activity helps you to:
- feel good about yourself
- concentrate better
- sleep better
- have a positive outlook on life
Most of us feel good when we are active. So – don’t worry about not doing enough – get started by building a bit more physical activity into your daily life. Even a small change can help raise self-esteem, help sleep problems, improve memory and concentration and takes your mind off negative thoughts.