Two common symptoms of anxiety include feeling restless and being unable to concentrate. Fortunately, you can arm yourself with some practical tips and tricks to combat these symptoms on both a routine and as-needed basis.
Keep in mind that developing a treatment plan for your anxiety with the help of a professional will yield better long-term results. Confidant can connect you with mental health providers and get you started.
Put That Energy to Use
Take advantage of your restlessness by moving with a purpose. Research suggests that exercise improves executive function -- including the ability to sit still and concentrate -- due to the increase of oxygen supplied to the brain.
Take a walk, go for a jog, or follow a workout routine online. Try new activities to find an exercise that you enjoy, like bike riding, indoor rock climbing, or kayaking.
A few minutes of intense or frenetic activity can also provide relief during moments when anxiety causes restlessness, and there isn't time for regular exercise. For example, if you cannot sit still at your desk, go to the stairwell and jog up and down the steps several times. Your body may naturally relax to rest and restore itself after the intense effort. Try jumping jacks or dance. Get creative about fitting even just a few minutes of quick movement into your day when restlessness strikes.