Anxiety can do a number on your body and your mind. Don’t let the constant grind affect your life. Try using these helpful tips to deal with your worries when your symptoms arise.
1) “Take deep breaths”
Increasing the supply of oxygen to the brain, can help calm your nervous system. If you find yourself feeling nervous, breathe in deeply and say relax in your head while counting to four, then exhale. Repeat for a minute or two or until you feel more at ease. There is a reason people tell us to slow down and take a deep breath.
2) Repeat comforting words
Reciting can focus your mind and reduce your blood pressure and heart rate. Both of these symptoms spike when you are anxious and in a worry-some state. When feeling anxious, chant soothing words as it helps stimulate the vagus nerve, which helps control mood.
3) Hug yourself
Seriously. Calming endorphins in your body can be done so by human touch. We don’t get enough of them in our everyday lives. When alone, we can’t be touched by others, so HUG YOURSELF!
4) Rest your brain
Feeling overwhelmed? Are your social media platforms blowing up your phone? Take a break! Turn them off by setting your phone to do not disturb and sit in a peaceful, quiet environment. “When you look at the sky, the sun, the grass, and the trees, your problems feel a lot smaller.”
– Gin Love Thompson, PhD (Orlando, FL Psychotherapist)
5) Check YOURSELF
Journal what is actually bothering you. Journaling is therapeutic and can help you prioritize. Ask yourself If the stressors are worth all of these feelings and nerves. Most of the time we realize we are being irrational and taking things out of context. Work on Steps 1-4 and know that everything will iron out and be alright.
*STATS of the working adult – 85% (feel nervous) 69% (have trouble concentrating) 54% (feel weak or tired)