There are varying degrees and manifestations of anxiety. Sometimes it serves a purpose to alert us when something is amiss.
But usually, anxiety is just a manifestation of stress that can be seriously detrimental to our physical, emotional and mental well being.
If you’re experiencing overwhelming symptoms of anxiety please see a mental health specialist.
For manageable stress-related tensions, check out our list of 60-second anxiety-busting tips.
#5 – Meditate
Meditation can be intimidating at first, but there are many simple ways to ease yourself into this healthy anxiety-reducing routine.
There are meditation podcasts and workshops, still meditations and walking meditations. Your eyes can be closed or open.
You can recite a mantra internally or out loud, or simply focus on your breath.
If anxious thoughts arise during your practice gently lead them away without dwelling on any negative emotions.
Most importantly, don’t get frustrated if you feel like you’re not doing it “right”.
There is no right way to meditate. Taking the time to invest in yourself is already enough.
#4 – Keep A Journal
Never underestimate the power of journaling.
Simply writing down your thoughts in stream of consciousness style can help relieve stress, widen your perspective, and increase your capacity for problem solving.
You don’t need to correct anything or write a novel (that can come later if you choose!).
Instead, you should approach journaling as a methodical activity that can both free up your mind and increase relaxation.
#3 – Breathe Deep
Deep breathing is invigorating! Not to mention, healthy for your mind and lungs.
The term for inhalation is actually inspiration.
So take a break and just breathe the next time you feel your anxiety building.
- Sit or stand up with comfortable but good posture and close your eyes.
- Place a hand on your abdomen as you inhale through your nose.
- Feel the breath as it fills your lungs, flattens your diaphragm and travels upwards.
- Hold your breath for a few seconds.
- Naturally (and slowly) exhale the breath through your mouth.
- Repeat until you start to feel the tension in your body relax.
#2 – Prioritize Your Time
Make your time uniquely your own by scheduling fun activities throughout the week that you can look forward to.
This will reduce the monotony of your daily routine and help you maintain productivity when you’re feeling unmotivated.
No one is immune to passing time.
Spend yours doing what is important to you instead of falling prey to external expectations.
#1 – Live In The Moment
The beautiful thing about living in the moment is that you can do it anywhere at any time. Begin by focusing all of your awareness on your senses.
This mutes or at least muffles the impulses and anxieties that often race to the surface of your mind.
If you’re working on your laptop, listen to the sound of the keys.
Take a bath and feel the warm water as it moves over your body.
Go for a walk, smell the scents that surround you. Use the tangible elements in your world to ground yourself in the present.
Everyone experiences anxiety from time to time
By taking simple, holistic steps to live in the moment, prioritize your schedule, and breathe deep, you can achieve a healthier mental state daily.