City : Motivation Centre : Medication
Before you take any form or medication you should always speak to your doctor. Also remember that a number of small things can be sorted without medical help by making changes to your lifestyle.
- Exercise: This can make a huge difference, especially if you do your exercise out in the fresh air. It will help you stay calm and sleep better.
- Sleep: Getting a regular 7/8 hours a night and getting used to waking up early will help you feel more alert
- Cut caffeine
- Cut alcohol
- Switch off: The light from the screen on your phone, tablet or laptop is designed to keep you awake. So if you want to sleep better then make sure you switch off or don’t use your kit in the hour before you want to go to bed.
Coffee can be a real life saver, especially if you aren’t a morning person! Too much coffee can make you worried and anxious and stop you sleeping, so not ideal if you are already stressed because you are looking for a job.
But remember that the recommendation is that you only have three coffees per day. Coffee stays in your system for 6 hours so, if you want to go to bed at 11pm, don’t have a coffee after 5pm otherwise you won’t sleep.
If you are over 18 then having a drink once in a while can be a fine way to relax, but you can easily overdo it. There is great advice on the NHS site about sensible drinking. Too much alcohol can leave you hung over and incapable of working the next day so drink in moderation!
Herbal remedies can be a popular alternative to prescribed medicines, but even things like St Johns Wort and Valerian should only ever be taken if you have first had a conversation with your doctor.
If you feel that you need a stronger medication for your anxiety then speak to your doctor who will decide if it is appropriate for you to take any sort of medication.