Have you been feeling tired and listless lately? Is it difficult to get up and participate in the activities you usually enjoy? Many people may equate this lethargy to a physical condition, but very often it can be a veiled symptom of anxiety. Fortunately for you, there are many techniques to treat anxiety, so you need not continue in your suffering; there truly is hope for you. Read on to learn more about anxiety, its role in lethargy, and what you can do to overcome both.
To begin with, it’s important to make sure that anxiety really is the root cause of your lethargy. Make sure to pay a visit to your health provider to rule out any other underlying conditions that might be making you feel lousy. Once you’ve done this and have determined that anxiety truly is the culprit, it’s time to develop a strategy to address it.
One of the first things you can do is begin to change your lifestyle in small ways to accommodate your anxiety-reduction strategy. You can do this by making sure that you get plenty of sleep each night. It sounds simple, but most of use absolutely need to get at least seven to eight hours of sleep every night to function at our utmost capacity. Then, try to eat a healthy, balanced diet, and by all means, try to eliminate as many stimulants from your diet as possible. This means cutting back on your daily coffee and soda consumption, because caffeine is one of the worst offenders when it comes to triggering anxiety symptoms. It’s definitely not an easy thing to do for someone who has become accustomed to that morning coffee, but it will definitely pay dividends in terms of your overall well-being. In lieu of coffee, why not try a cup of herbal tea, especially chamomile tea, which is famous for inducing a sense of relaxation. Finally, frequent exercise is a fantastic method of working out those anxious feelings and releasing “feel-good” endorphins in your brain. In fact, many studies back up the notion that exercise does your mind good, as well as the rest of your body. You don’t have to become a successful athlete or bodybuilder to achieve these effects, all you have to do is get at least 30 minutes of cardiovascular exercise a day, for at least five days a week.
Once you’ve implemented these lifestyle changes, you’re ready to employ some time-proven techniques that fight anxiety. Meditation and deep breathing are two common techniques to start with, and you’ll probably want to start with the deep breathing first. The simple fact is, too many of us go about our daily lives breathing shallowly, which puts us at a much greater risk of hyperventilating. A good, nourishing breath is one that comes deep from diaphragm. Try this by putting your hand on your stomach and breathing deeply for five seconds. Hold the breath for five second and then slowly release. Make sure that you can feel your stomach rise and fall with your breaths to ensure that your breath is coming from the correct location. Keep doing this until you begin to feel the relaxation. Then, you can try meditation. There are many great sources out there that will guide through the ancient art of meditation, but you should stick with the simplest forms and progress from there. Don’t worry if it’s hard to concentrate and your thoughts drift away, simply guide them back to where they’re supposed to be, without judgment. After you employ the above techniques for a period of time, you’ll begin to see your anxiety fade and your energy return.
“How Stress, Anxiety and Depression Affect Your Health.” <http://www.webmd.com> 11 Nov 2012.