4 Quick Tips for Anxiety Management

Anxiety: a feeling of worry, nervousness, or unease, typically about an imminent event or something with an uncertain outcome.Anxiety comes in many forms—panic attacks, anxiety attacks, phobia, and social anxiety—and the distinction between a disorder and “normal”

                Deep Breaths. I know its cliche but it actually works. Its like your slowing your body down. Your heart rate will decrease and hopefully so will the thoughts buzzing in your head.  One breathing technique I use is breathing in for six counts, holding it for two counts, then exhaling for six counts. It helps, for real.

                Perspective. Take a moment and identify the facts about the current situation. Even if your anxious about nothing. Give yourself a reality check about what is happening right now and what you can control at this time. Highlighting the hard facts will ground you. Being anxious is caused by being in a moment that hasn’t happened yet. Bring yourself back to the present and to what is currently happening now. If you are in a problem , highlight what you can do at this minute to fix it.

                Be Compassionate to Yourself, this is the most important one. Your body is  not reacting not for no reason, but because you were triggered. There is something that caused you to feel anxious and that is okay. If this were happening to a loved one I am sure you could find it in your heart to be patient with them, so do that to yourself! Be patient with yourself, its funny how no one teaches us that.

                Moving  on, you have to push through in spite of. Have your tools to knock it out and get through. You may do all the things on this list and still feel rattled. Even after your not anxious anymore your body still feels shaken. However you cannot shut down, you have to keep going. Try your best to be calm, be aware, and be patient but keep moving.

 

Anxiety can be literally crippling for some people and it’s a very real feeling. There is no one way to extinguish it forever but you can try your best to control it. Its easier said than done but if you have practices you do consistently, your body and mind can hopefully default to those instead of freaking out. Hope this helps someone. 

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