40 Tips for Dealing with Anxiety (Part 1 of 4)
I have always had minor anxiety and I became interested in researching it more when I went to grad school for psychology. Anxiety can be incredibly challenging, particularly if it’s something you face on a regular or ongoing basis. It can shut you down or, at the very least, cause increased stress levels which can start to interfere with normal functioning. There is hope! Here is the first of a 4 part series to help you releave anxiety.
10 Ideas for Dealing with Anxiety
-Take 5 deep, slow, cleansing breaths with your eyes closed and envision yourself in a calm place.
~Relax your shoulders and gently roll your neck.
~Speak aloud—to yourself—the emotions you’re feelings as words.
~Massage your hand, activating oxytocin (commonly referred to as “the love hormone”).
~Spend some time in nature. (Even a 10 minute walk in the sunshine can refocus you)
~Take a break from actively working on a problem to give your mind the opportunity to work it out in the background.
~Forgive yourself for not foreseeing a problem that occurred.
~Take action on something you’ve been avoiding or putting off.
~Take a time-out to do a guided meditation.
~Spend mindful time petting animals.
Anxiety is something that you CAN work through. The main point to remember is that you are not alone and that support is available to you. Be sure to check back for Part 2 of this series!
Adapted from the article https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/in-practice/201503/50-strategies-beat-anxiety.