Anxiety is more common we are comfortable with accepting, especially if you are getting into your mid-twenties, when you are in the middle of becoming an adult and having responsibilities only you can take care of, that maybe you don’t know how to deal with.

But don’t freak out! We have some activities that you can do in your daily life that will help you keep anxiety on check. Before telling you how to control your anxiety, it is important that you know if you have it, and how serious it is; you can take this easy quiz for a quick overview.

Knowing that, we shall begin.

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Number 01 and most important, do not take medicines unless told to by a professional. You may think that they will help you to keep situations under control, but it doesn’t work like that. Unprescribed medications tend to cause dependency, even the herbal medicines, and it also can carry some nasty side effects. We highly recommend you to avoid taking medications promising to help you with stress unless a doctor is the one telling you to.

Number 02, Accept that you have anxiety. It is simply an emotional reaction, it’s a normal feeling anyone can have. Of course, accepting your anxiety does not mean you should get comfortable feeling that way, you still have to fight against it.

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Number 03, exercise! All of us are lazy and adore to stay at home watching a movie or literally doing nothing, but exercising really helps you – a sound body means a sound mind!

Even just a tiny daily workout will make you feel good with yourself for taking care of your body, it will balance your overall hormone level, and will tire your muscles, making it easier for you to fall asleep at night. If you don’t know where to start so you don’t suddenly give up, jogging 15-30 minutes while listening your favorite music is more than enough.

Number 04, do good things. Simpler than it sounds. Smile and express gratitude; it’ll make you feel like a better person and the stress on your body will reduced. It’ll also subconsciously drive your mind away of most negative thoughts, the culprits behind most anxiety.

Number 05, hang out. Everyone has a group of friends, even if very small, that they love to talk to. Social support tends to help people with the negativity and the stress, and your close friends will always be the best option.

Number 06, question yourself. Yeah, seriously. When you have anxiety, your brain normally comes up with crazy ideas that are just plainly unrealistic.

So, every time you are facing a difficult situation, and you are having these out-of-control ideas, think: do I really need to worry about this? Is it that hard to do? Could I handle it? If something bad happens, what might that mean to me?

Watch out, it’s very easy to turn this into a downwards spiral of self-pity; if you have trouble managing the pressure, always ask your friends for a reality check before deciding it’s too much for you. Sometimes a little perspective, while not outright solving anything, goes a long way into putting you inside a more favorable mentality.

And for the end, number 07, make sure to love yourself.

  • Accept yourself for who you are, because this is who you are. You might not like it, and there is nothing wrong with that – it’s not about being content with yourself, is accepting you are not perfect and acknowledging you can change if you want to.
  • Don’t freak out for your mistakes and don’t go over all the things you’ve done wrong. Everyone has been doing gigantic mistakes since ancient history, and the world kept spinning.
  • Don’t compare yourself to others, you are good at something, bad at something else, this goes for all people. Focusing on competing with other people takes your eyes away from the bigger picture: you and every other person are unique, and have too much behind their backs to even make comparisons fair in the first place.
  • Don’t judge others, it’s a trap, nothing good will come from that.

Do exercise, eat healthy, love others and love yourself. It’s harder than it sounds, but easier than you think.

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