Anxiety is a very real issue, and it is something tons of people suffer from worldwide. It can range from mild to severe and take a very serious toll on the person who has a disorder regarding it.

As someone who is affected by anxiety, I can assure you it is not something to joke about. There are roughly 40 million adults in the United States age 18 or older dealing with some kind of anxiety disorder. While anxiety disorders are treatable, almost 40 percent of all suffering from them do not get the treatment they need.

While anxiety affects all of us at one time or another, for those who suffer from an anxiety disorder it is much worse. They are often overwhelmed with excessive worry to the extent where it interferes with their daily lives. I know for someone without an anxiety disorder it seems a bit outlandish but it is all too real.

When it comes to keeping your anxiety under control there are a few things you can do that make a huge difference. While my anxiety is still an issue, doing the things listed below really made a difference in my life. That being said, if your anxiety is to the point where it is affecting your wellbeing, you may need to also seek professional help.

8 Things That Will Help You Reduce Your Anxiety:

1. Declutter your life and your surroundings.

The less clutter in your life the better. Declutter everything you can. And while your physical surroundings may be cluttered, remember to not leave out your mind.

2. Cut negative/stressful people out of your life.

Don’t let negative or stressful people rule your life. Live your life for yourself. If someone does not like you or the things you do, cut them out.

3. Get really into hobbies that make you happy.

Find something you are passionate about and get into it. Have all the fun you deserve. Let your mind be taken off of the stress and worry even if just for a little while.

4. Meditate more often.

Meditation works wonders for anxiety. I meditate at least once a day for 20 minutes but the more you do it the better. It is a way to let go of the things that are bothering you.

5. Let your support system actually be there for you.

Let the people who are supposed to be there for you actually be there for you. Don’t send them away when you are upset. Let them be your shoulder to cry on when you are upset.

6. Learn to step back and breathe when you need to.

Breathing correctly is important. You need to know when you are getting overwhelmed that you can always take a step back and breathe. Nothing is ever so immediate that you have no time to let yourself relax. The world can wait even if just for a few seconds.

7. Add some lavender into your life.

Lavender, especially in essential oil form, is known to help with anxiety. If you have been stressing and worrying far too much lavender essential oils might benefit you greatly. It also smells wonderful.

8. Get the right amount of sleep.

Getting too much sleep or not enough sleep can and will have an effect on your health both physically and mentally. If you want your body and mind to be operating as it should be you need the right amount of sleep. Don’t stay up for days on end or sleep your life away.

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