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Every one of us encounters times when we are anxious or worried.  Even psychologists, the very people many of us trust to help us work through our anxiety, deal with it themselves.  Luckily, we have the scoop on the top 8 ways psychologists manage their anxiety.  The next time you are feeling anxious, try one of the methods that the professionals use.

Breathe: You do not have to be a meditation guru to benefit from the art of breathing.  It is as simple as taking slow deep breaths and concentrating on those breaths.  Breathing is known to be highly effective when managing anxiety and helps you focus on simply inhaling and exhaling, rather than your worries.

Engage in Healthy Habits: When you are not living a healthy lifestyle by eating nutritiously and exercising on a regular basis, sometimes anxiety can get out of hand (not to mention derailing effective weight-loss).  Working out not only releases endorphins but also helps keep your confidence levels high.

 Sing: Singing to yourself may help you manage anxiety.  Singing in a local singing group or choir has been linked to an increase in “feel-good” brain chemicals.

 Practice Perspective: Anxiety is the signal that you are battling with a fear of something.  When you are anxious, try to pin down those feelings to the most specific fear you can think of.  The fear of presenting may really be a fear of embarrassment and not actually presenting.  Putting things into this type of perspective is sometimes half the battle.

 Practice Acceptance: Anxiety is a part of life.  Give yourself room to be human and realize that everyone experiences anxiety.  Do not allow yourself to be anxious over being anxious.

 Reason: Sometimes we are anxious over things that can be reasoned away.  For instance, you may think that your boss is upset with you, because they asked you to rewrite a report you submitted weeks prior.  The truth is that they may not be upset at all.  Reason helps put things back into a reasonable perspective.

 Unplug: Sometimes, our anxieties are a result of being too connected to social media, our emails, and cell phones.  We are constantly bombarded with emails that highlight something we may have neglected to do before we left the office, world news, and other cares of life that threaten our peace of mind.  Unplugging (especially before bed!) not only helps you live in the moment but also helps you have a better night’s sleep.

Strategize: Try out a few coping strategies and identify which works best for you.  Be sure to have a few other tools in your toolbox for situations that may warrant other methods of coping.  Having a game plan, especially when it comes to stressful situations, is essential for people who are serious about long term, effective weight-loss.

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