Anxiety is a feeling of fear and worry, typically about an event or an uncertain outcome. If fear and worry are left unchecked, they can develop into anxiety. When anxiety and its resulting depression overtake our lives, it can impact our health, our relationships and even our personal success, in school, work and even in life in general. Anxiety has become a major roadblock to a healthy and productive life. Luckily, there are several skills you can develop to help you deal with the anxiety in your life. One of these skills is physical wellness.

What is Physical Wellness?

Physical wellness is the state of optimal personal health accomplished through practicing healthy attitudes and living patterns. These include appropriate diet and exercise. Physical wellness is building good health by managing anxiety and preventing disease, and by empowering individuals to take responsibility for their own physical well-being.

Physical wellness is a cornerstone in managing anxiety. This kind of wellness lifestyle is something that must be created. It takes dedication and effort to begin the process and then to maintain it throughout your lifetime. You must have a wellness attitude in your life to pursue a wellness lifestyle and take control of your anxiety.

How to Improve Physical Wellness

While it may be hard at first to adopt new, healthy habits, know that it is possible for you to live a wellness lifestyle and reach your full potential. You will be able to handle stress better, control your anxiety, and enjoy life more. 

Here are some tools to help you get started improving your physical wellness:

  • Start slow. Don’t jump into a diet or exercise plan that is more than you can handle. You would never try to run ten miles on day one, right? You need to build up to it. When you do too much too soon, you will end up sore, injured, and discouraged. Take it easy as you get started and build up to more intense diet and exercise.
  • Have a positive attitude. Having the right attitude can keep your diet and fitness routines on track. By staying positive you will increase your chances of sticking with your routine.
  • Find a wellness partner. It is easier to bail out on the gym if you are going alone than to bail out on the friend who waits for you there. Studies show you will also work out longer when you bring someone along.
  • Track your progress. Keep a fitness journal or use an app to record your progress. This is important for motivation, as well as to keep track of your improvement.
  • Reward yourself. Appreciate your hard work in a way that is meaningful to you. Have a night out with friends or do something you have been wanting to do. Although it takes weeks to see real changes, each achievement is a cause for celebration.

To learn more about physical wellness and our Anxiety Management program, click on the link to our Anxiety Management program brochure: