We all can feel alone – and stressed out – when a life transition is on the horizon. Perhaps you're having your second baby or your youngest child is heading off to college. Maybe your daughter is getting married or your spouse accepted a new job overseas, so you're preparing for a big move. No matter what the situation, it's unique to you and your life – and that can cause uncertainty.
"Life's transitions can create stress and anxiety," says Dr. Geraldine Vehr, primary care physician at The Christ Hospital. "This can lead to difficulty with sleep, fatigue and going down a pathway where you need medical advice."
Taking control of your life
If you feel overwhelmed and can't seem to get control of your life, don't worry – we've all been there. A few small tweaks in your lifestyle might have a significant impact on your overall health and well-being. Take a look at your daily routine and check out the following questions:
- Are you exercising every day? Just a 10-minute walk around the block can help you clear your head and keep anxiety at bay.
- Are you drinking water? Drinking coffee all day can cause the jitters – which ramps up anxiety. Make sure you're drinking plenty of water. Experts recommend eight 8-ounce glasses of water each day to prevent dehydration.
- Are you eating healthfully? Healthy eating can be easier said than done, especially during an overwhelming life transition. Take a few minutes at the beginning of each week to menu plan healthy options. You'll feel more in control all week with a game plan.
- How are you sleeping? Poor sleep causes fatigue, which can increase anxious thoughts and behavior. Try to be more intentional about your sleep habits – set a bedtime alarm, focus on winding down at the end of the night and limit your screen time, as it tends to keep our brains awake. Dim the lighting and try picking up a book on your bedside table instead. Reading can help you unwind and also help to quiet down your busy brain before bed.
Making these small changes will help you exert control over your life – and in turn, hopefully help to keep that anxiety at bay. Sometimes, these habits aren't enough, and if that's the case, it may be time to schedule an appointment with your physician for additional support.
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