Fulfilling God's plan for us means embracing growth and change, but sometimes moving outside your comfort zone creates a sense of anxiety that holds you back. Use these tips from our Gainesville counseling services for natural and healthy ways to manage anxiety.

Stay Physically Active

Exercise stimulates release of endorphins, which are chemicals in the brain that reduce pain and create feelings of happiness. Workouts don't have to be strenuous to trigger the endorphin effect. A 30-minute walk three to five times a week will do the trick.

Get Plenty of Sleep

Anxiety and lack of sleep often combine in a vicious circle where one feeds off the other. 

– Follow a regular schedule of sleep and wake times.

– Avoid computers and other devices before bedtime.

– Make your bed and room as comfortable as possible.

Take a Deep Breath

This may sound like a cliched response to anxiety, but the fact is the benefits of deep breathing are well documented. A deep breath induces calm by activating your body's relaxation response. Yoga is a great anxiety-reducing activity that teaches helpful breathing techniques.

Volunteer Your Time

Volunteering time to worthy causes is an ideal way to give glory to God, and it pays added benefits by taking focus off your anxiety and helping you build a supportive network of friends and associates.

Is anxiety preventing you from following God's path? Contact our Gainesville counseling services and schedule an appointment with one of our caring and experienced staff members.