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By Katie Bailey, MA, LPC

How do you feel before a big presentation at work? Probably a little nervous, most people do. Some anxiety in life is normal, even good at times. However, about 18% of American adults struggle with more severe anxiety. They feel anxious more often than not, often without a specific reason. This high level anxiety effects a person’s daily life and well being. What can you do if anxiety is taking over?

1. Sleep well. Many of us don’t get enough quality sleep. Turn your screens off an hour before you go to bed. Drink caffeine free tea with honey. Take a warm shower before bed. Go to sleep the same time everyday. Set yourself up for the best sleep possible because sleep helps anxiety.

2. Exercise. We know exercise is good for you, but it’s not just for losing weight. Research shows exercise is very effective in managing anxiety. You don’t have to train for a marathon. Walk around the block, have a dance party with your kids, take the stairs instead of the elevator. Look for ways to add more activity to your day and you’ll help your anxiety.

3. Avoid caffeine. Coffee might help you get going in the morning, but the caffeine is not helping your anxiety. Caffeine effects your body’s ability to relax and calm down. It can raise your blood pressure also increasing anxiety. Your morning cup of joe is not worth it if you’re anxious all day.

Are you considering anxiety therapy? Please schedule an appointment. You don’t have to live this way. And all my clients will get a coupon code for 25% off Headspace – the greatest mindfulness app!!