Below are nine ways to minimize anxiety in your life:

1.  Create a comfortable work environment – Keep things in your office or on the desk that calms you and/or makes you laugh. Make your work area feel like ‘home,’ – pictures, plants, photos, atomizer with jasmine or other calming fragrance. Talk to a family member, friend, co-worker, or professional counselor about the things that are getting to you. Getting things out in the open is a good way to minimize stress.

2.  Set limits on your time – Balance work with play. Be sure that your leisure time is not spent thinking about job-related problems. LEAVE work at the office at the end of the day and PRACTICE SAYING  NO.

3.  Negotiate with family for a time to relax – Don’t fill every minute with work and planned activities. Leave a little time to do nothing. Your body needs time to just wind down.

4.  Exercise – When your body is in good shape, you are less likely to get sick from stress. Regular exercise will also help minimize anxiety by decreasing muscle tension.

5.  Maintain a sense of humor – laugh at situations that cause hassle and anxiety. It may not change the circumstances but will modify your reaction to it.

6.  Get enough sleep – Your body needs a chance to pull itself together, especially when you’re experiencing trauma. You should aim for eight hours of sleep nightly. Your need for sleep does not decrease as you age. 

7.  Set priorities – Manage your time. Do important things first and realize you cannot do everything. REMEMBER: There is always tomorrow to complete non-urgent tasks or DELEGATE.

8.  Know your limits – Pace major life changes. Don’t alter too many areas of your life over a short time span – new house, car, job and child at the same time.

9.  Try relaxation techniques –Learn to relax. Employing relaxation techniques that do not involve drugs or alcohol will be of significant value. Relaxing the body and mind is the best remedy for the distressed and anxious individual.

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