Practice breathing techniques. Before going into a situation that can possibly make you anxious, try some deep breathing exercises to oxygenate your blood and keep your heart rate normal. Try breathing in as much air that you can hold in your lungs then expel the air completely from your lungs, forcing the air out slowly. Repeat numerous times until you can feel your heart relaxing.
Avoid caffeinated products. Avoid caffeinated products especially tea, coffee and cola (even chocolate) products. The caffeine in these items is a stimulant, which causes the heart rate to quicken and can make a person more on edge and nervous. You should also avoid smoking which has the same effect.
Sleep well. Try to get regular and an adequate amount of sleep. If you are well rested the night before an important event, then you are more focused and more relaxed on the day itself. People who do not get enough sleep end up being distracted, confused, irritable and on edge during the day.
Try meditation techniques. There are different meditation techniques that are useful for calming the anxious mind. Meditation can take on the form of visualization exercises or physical exercises such as tai chi and yoga. Have you ever seen a high stung monk? Didn’t think so.
Distract yourself. If you keep on thinking about what could go wrong in a situation and this is causing you anxiety, then try to think of other things. You could replay a movie in your head, recite your favorite poem, recount a memory or sing a song. By taking your focus away from what you’re dreading, then you can keep anxiety at bay.
Exercise. Exercise is one of the best ways to soothe nerves. Exercise has a calming effect on the body, bringing down blood pressure and regulating stress hormones. It also encourages the release of endorphins in the brain which keeps us happy. Try to make exercise part of your daily routine in order to avoid and control anxiety.