17 ‘Small,’ but Significant, Lifestyle Changes That Help People With Anxiety

While it’s easy — and understandable — to roll your eyes when someone offers a “miracle cure” for your anxiety , it’s also important to acknowledge this truth: There are day-to-day changes you can make that might help you manage your anxiety.

We’re not talking about a miracle cure. We’re not saying breathing on a mat will make your problems go away. It’s just important to remember while you’re rolling your eyes that you’re not helpless in this fight. While something that worked for one person might not work for you, that doesn’t mean nothing works for you — or that daily, destructive anxiety is inevitable.

Of course, that being said, anxiety will still happen, and when it rears its ugly head, it’s not your fault. It doesn’t mean you didn’t “try hard enough.” But for some of us, a slight change or tweak in our routine can at least make the fall a little softer, and the anxiety a bit more manageable. Making small changes also doesn’t replace seeing a therapist or taking medication, if that’s what you need. It’s just important to know there are options out there.

1. Making Your Bed Every Morning

2. Keeping Your Phone on Silent

3. Opening Up to Others About Your Anxiety

4. Spending Less Time on Social Media/Limiting Screen Time

5. Saying “No”

6. Using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Techniques

7. Starting a Mindfulness Practice

8. Writing Down Your Schedule/To-Do List

9. Working Out

10. Practicing Acceptance

11. Cutting Toxic People/Things Out of Your Life

12. Establishing a Bedtime Routine

13. Journaling

14. Finding Something to Do With Your Hands

15. Cutting Out Caffeine

16. Giving Yourself Time in the Morning to Prepare for the Day

17. Practicing Gratitude

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