We are lucky that we live in this age, and not any of the ages that have come before. Indeed, compared to some of the conditions of the past, we’re living in something of a dream age. Life is generally pretty peaceful, crime is low (despite what you may hear on the news), and the majority of our basic needs have been taken care of (to the point where more people die from overeating than from undereating). Still, there is a dark cloud hanging over life in the 21st century, and that’s that it is a pretty anxious age. More people suffer from anxiety than in times before. Fortunately, there are ways to keep anxiety to a minimum. We take a look at a few ways how below.
Breathe It Out
One of the most effective ways to keep your anxiety levels in check is also one of the most straightforward: breathing. If you’re ever feeling a little on edge, then try to control your breathing. A slow inhale and exhale, repeat for a thirty seconds to a minute, is sometimes all it takes to rid yourself of the symptoms of anxiety. For even better results, take a look at meditating, which brings the same benefits, only supercharged. If sitting still isn’t quite working, then you can look at exercising through the symptoms — running is highly effective, for example.
One of the reasons why we’re so anxious is because of all those rushing cars, loud noises, and flashing lights that dominate metropolitan areas. While there are advantages to living in the city, it’s not always so good for our anxiety levels! Nature, on the other hand, has been shown to be good in this regard. If it’s been some time since you were last in the wild, look at taking a trip. Even a couple of hours spent among the trees is enough to reduce your feelings of anxiety.
Stress might be on the rise due to modern living conditions, but thankfully, we have thousands of years of history on our side to help us handle the condition. Acupuncture, for instance, has been used for more than three thousand years, and has been shown to relieve the symptoms of anxiety (as well as many other health concerns). If your levels of anxiety are higher than usual, and can’t quite be relieved by the milder treatments suggested in this blog, then this form of traditional Chinese medicine might be the right option for you.
One of the reasons the modern world is associated with stress is because we’re all staring into our smartphones, tablets, and laptops all day! They might be good for some things, but they’re not exactly relaxing: they simply stimulate us too much for that. As such, one effective way to keep anxiety away is to create tech-free spaces in your home or to have tech-free days. A few days away from notifications and buzzes can do you a world of good.