The vast majority of my clients come to me for anxiety-related issues … it’s a huge problem for many people of all ages, from primary school children onwards. If YOU suffer from anxiety, then you know that it’s not always easy to deal with everyday life when you feel panicky and overwhelmed. There are some steps that you can take, however, which will help to calm things down for you … because anxiety is NOT a life sentence.
- Recognise your OWN signs that anxiety is creeping up. Notice where you feel your stress and anxiety physically. I know I’m tired and anxious when I get headaches –the onset of a bad head is now my reminder to slow things down, to try to see things in another way, to go out for a walk or start looking after myself more.
- Notice when things are good too – reflect on WHY you feel better or differently. What has happened to make this change? Is it something that you can do again? Actually MAKE changes – rather than allowing them tohappen to you. It’s a cliché but if you keep doing the same old things, don’t be surprised that you have the same old life. Only you can change things for the better. Take control.
- Breathe … deep, slow breathing has the natural effect of calming everything down. Get into the habit of breathing through anxietyusing deep, abdominal breathing (or ‘belly breathing’) – naturally eliciting the physiological relaxation response in our minds and bodies. Anxious breathing is not productive – that rapid, shallow breathing is designed as a short term ‘fight or flight’ response. Start to NOTICE when you are breathing like this – then you can put your anxiety in reverse by deep belly breathing. It sounds simple – and it is – but it WILL make a difference if you persevere
- Make time for fun and relaxation – not just as a response to feeling anxious but every day. Relaxation isn’t something you should do when you’re so frazzled you can’t think straight – it’s something that needs to be part of your everyday routine. It simply means that setting some time aside for things that you enjoy and that nourish you in some way. They don’t have to be ‘worthy’ activities – relaxation is not about what you ‘should’ be doing but what you actually WANT to do. Life is full of ‘shoulds’ – relaxation is all about ‘wants’ and ‘needs’. Life is so much more manageable when you have some time to yourself, filled with things to look forward to. Give it some thought – what would really feed your soul?
- Harness the power of nature – getting out for a walk (or a run) is a great way to alleviate anxiety, clear your mind and get things into perspective. It doesn’t solve all your problems but it does give you the opportunity to take some time out – even if it’s just for a ten minute stroll round the park. And as we go into Spring, hopefully there’ll be some sun, helping your brain to release serotonin, associated with boosting mood and helping you to feel calm and focused.Sunshine really is nature’s own anti-depressant.
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