3 tips to help with Anxiety from a Registered Clinical Counsellor by Joseph Wong, RCC

Tip 1

Have enough sleep, at least 8 hours a night. If you struggle with sleeping, practice sleep hygiene practices such as:

  • Have a consistent bedtime schedule.
  • Limit naps during the day.
  • Avoid caffeine beyond 12noon.
  • Budget a 30min wind down time before bedtime with calming activities such as reading, stretching, soft music, dimming your lights, unplugging from electronics.

Tip 2

Build a consistent and daily exercise routine. Exercise is a scientifically proven way to improve sleep quality and increase your energy level. Exercise to the point you would be sweating daily for at least 30 minutes.

Tip 3

Form a habit of practicing mindfulness activities. Learn to use breathing exercises to slow down and be aware of your mental, emotional and physical states. Practice viewing yourself from a third person perspective like watching a movie of yourself, and describe your thoughts, feelings and actions out loud. Practice responding intelligently and slowly rather than reacting to situations.

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