Many of us suffer with anxiety these days. After all, the state of the world is bound to leave us feeling a little unsure about ourselves. With a cost of living crisis, a war in Ukraine, and the remnants of a global pandemic, we’re left with a lot to ponder.
Of course, our anxieties stretch far beyond that too.
The start of a new year is often seen as a new chapter, a time to start afresh. And if you’ve been struggling with anxiety, then 2023 should be the year to commit to doing what you can about it.
So, to help get you started, here are some top resolutions to help ease anxiety…
Many of us are still so guilty for not speaking out more. Our loved ones are there to support us, so discussing our feelings is paramount in easing anxiety and stress. It isn’t easy to talk, particularly if you are an introverted person, but make 2023 the year that you make a conscious effort to try and pluck up the courage to get things off your chest.
Do it even once and you’ll feel all the better for it.
Getting yourself out there and being active is one of the best ways to start looking after both your physical and mental health more. Committing to an activity such as a class once a week is so beneficial.
It gives you something to look forward to, allows you to meet new friends and develop a support network, while it will also give you a feeling of self worth, particularly if you’re learning a new skill, whether it be language, art or anything else.
Journaling your anxiety can have a positive effect on your mental health as you’re essentially logging how you feel each and every day. You can note down your thoughts and feelings, as well as scoring how happy you are out of 10.
You can journal this how you like. It might be that you want to note down the times you laugh in a day to improve your mood at the end of it, or it may be that you wish to write down a number of actions to take off the back of your day. You can then check off those actions as you do them, relieving stress as a black line gets marked through them.
It may be that you need professional help for your anxiety, or that something else is problematic that requires attention in order to improve your mental health. For example, many people who suffer from addiction have heightened anxiety and depression, which can be eased by going to a rehabilitation centre.
Identify where your anxieties stem from, and take the action you need to help ease them. It could be the most life-changing thing you ever do.