18. Exercise daily.
There is nothing, repeat, absolutely nothing, that you can do to help calm your anxiety than engaging in a regular exercise routine. Sitting at home, in front of the television or computer screen, does nothing for you but will elevate your blood pressure, stress hormones, and anxiety levels. Exercise does the opposite. When you engage in vigorous physical activity, your body releases endorphins – the “feel good” hormones – while burning off the stress hormones that may have built up over time.
Getting your heart rate going improves cardiovascular health while lowering blood pressure, and added benefit, considering that high blood pressure tends to be a knock-on effect of high anxiety. And the best part? You will find that you are focused. Anxiety is no longer ruling your thoughts and distracting you from what you need to do – and relaxed. From kids to senior citizens, all age groups have shown marked behavioral and physical improvements by engaging in vigorous exercise daily.