Feeling stressed and anxious every now and again is a part of life. It’s when this stress starts to interfere with other parts of your life, such as your performance at work, that it becomes a serious medical condition.
There are many different types of anxiety, which mostly depend on the underlying cause of the condition, along with the “mental toughness” of the person suffering from it. For example, as a work from home entrepreneur, I tend to get anxious when I fall behind with work or have way too much on my plate.
I have long realised that some level of every day stress cannot be avoided and it’s best to learn simple ways to mitigate the stress than try to avoid it altogether. Here’s my daily “stress relieve” routine:
Go for a run. I love running, especially early in the morning, right before eating breakfast. Running helps me kick-start my day and relieve any negative energy left-over’s from the day before. It’s also a great way to re-organize your thoughts and prepare for the day ahead.
Eat a healthy breakfast. Good breakfast is extremely important. Try not to eat any snaky foods right when you wake up. A healthy, energy packed breakfast just before work will ensure that you have enough energy to get things done. Try to eat at a regular time and never skip breakfast.
Get enough B vitamins. There’s a proven link between vitamin B and stress. Vitamin B complex is a whole set of vitamins that are essential to humans. These vitamins play a role in many different body functions – from stress relief to hair growth. Some of the main natural sources of B vitamins are oily fish, nuts, meat, cheese, milk and yoghurt.
If you don’t get enough B vitamins through diet, it might be a good idea to start taking supplements. There are many products available for this purpose, but it’s probably best to ask your doctor for advice.
There are many other ways to reduce stress, but this is just my daily routine which I try to stick to as much as possible. If you’re suffering from serious anxiety issues, don’t wait and see a doctor for advice.