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If we focus on the bigger picture, such as the proportion of people living in extreme poverty halving in the past 20 years, it may be easier to remain optimistic.
Seek another perspective. If you hear about something terrible, ask yourself: "if there had been a positive improvement, would I have heard about that?”
Research has shown that screen use before bed resets our internal clock and disrupts sleep, so reading the news onscreen before bed can make your mornings even more anxious and tiring.
Even if we’ve read anxiety-inducing news during the day, sleep can restore us.
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According to a study, spending time in nature, or even just looking at scenes of nature, may help you recover faster from subsequent stressful experiences.
Anxiety tends to build over time. Through awareness, we can help minimize its effects.
Our anxiety is trying to help us. Our body is trying to tell us it has new needs.
Meditation as a practice is useful to tune into awareness and to calm your nervous system.
To start, take a minute or two to pay attention to where your mind wanders. When you're able to begin noticing problematic situations through the practice of awareness, you can stop doing them.
It often arise from something beyond our control, whether a breakup or loss of someone dear. We can even feel anxiety when trying something new.
We tend to desire a quick-fix for problems, but when dealing with anxiety, it's better to think of it as a practice where you build muscles.
Focusing all your attention on how you can’t get to sleep will only make sleep more difficult. Instead, distract yourself with engaging imagery, involving as many as your senses as possible.
For example, close your eyes and picture a nice beach—can you hear the crashing of waves? Feel the sun on your skin? Taste the salt from the sea?
If you’re unable to sleep because you’re fixated on something stressful that’s happening the next day, it’s common to want to push those thoughts from your mind. However, doing so may hurt more than it helps.
Remembering the mundane tasks that follow something stressful, can help you recognize that the panic will pass.