TOP 10 ANXIETY RELIEF TIPS
TOP 10 ANXIETY RELIEF TIPS
There is no one thing you can do to cure your anxious mind, but you have options and there are baby steps you can take right now which will help you feel present, encourage mindfulness and create calm in your day. Even if you have five minutes, even if you only do one of the tips, even if you just read this post and share it with a mate - chances are that was more than you did yesterday? That is progress baby!
LISTEN TO MUSIC
It can be the Trolls soundtrack, Taylor Swift, Mozart, Artic Monkeys or The Spice Girls…if it brings you joy or a moment of calm and reflection - put that record on.
2. LAUGH OUT LOUD
Laughing really is the best medicine when you feel overwhelmed. Laughing is a release and a gift. One of my favourite things to do if I am feeling anxious is to watch Alan Carr doing stand up. I like what I like and I laugh till I cry and sometimes that is just what you need to jump start your day or mood.
Guaranteed to make you want to punch someone in the face if they say “breathe”, but they are onto something. If you feel nervous, breathe. If you feel overwhelm, breathe. Controlling your breath helps you feel calm and brings your attention and focus straight back to you. Being present is key to perspective, especially when you are struggling with panic or anxiety.
Sight, sound, smell, touch, taste. What can you taste? What can you feel? What can you see? What can you hear? What is that smell? The senses technique brings your attention to your surroundings, to your present self and distracts you from panic and anxious thoughts. If you have a notebook on you you could write what you can see, touch, taste, smell and hear.
I notice when I do not read I am anxious. “Too anxious to read”, which for me normally means I don’t want to be distracted from my anxiety, but the very thing we fight is sometimes just what we need. I tried reading self care books, but found that they made me more anxious so I’m now reading fiction and I love it. I am really enjoying escaping to a whole other world that is different to mine. I also find reading fiction helps me sleep soundly and deeply. Find what you like and do more of it.
6. EAT WELL
This doesn’t mean eat chicken and salad, it just means eat well for you, be mindful of what you are putting in your body. Is it aggravating you? How much caffeine are you consuming? Do you feel worse or better for it? Do you cook your meals? Do you care what you are eating? Eating well is a form of self care. Give a little bit of a S*&T about what you are feeding yourself.
7. DRINK WATER
I know, it’s cold, it’s warm, it’s clear, it’s cloudy…I’ve heard it all, but chances are you’re thirsty, you need water and H2O helps us function. We need water to survive so drink up buttercup. Science innit.
8. MOVE YOUR ASS
You don’t have to sign up to an Iron Man, but walk, move, hide the car keys, hide the car. Walking is amazing for you, it gets you outside, most of us can do it and it’s free. Getting outside is amazing for blowing the cobwebs away and helps you to gain a fresh perspective. Even if it is for five minutes. Progress.
Write it down. Whether your mate annoyed you, your kid spat out the lasagne you spent hours slaving over, record your mood, did you do anything that helped? Write it down. Make lists - what are you grateful for today? What made you laugh? Have you got a goal for tomorrow? It doesn’t have to be in your best handwriting, it doesn’t have to be written in every day, but a journal is just another tool you can use when you need to.
Ask for help. Talk to a friend. Talk to your family. Send an email. Contact the Samaritans. Arrange a counselling session. Speak with a life coach. Schedule a coffee in with Doris. See if Belinda wants to join you for a walk. A problem shared really is a problem halved and no one ever regrets asking for help when they need it. Talk. Bob Hoskins says "It’s good to talk” and he wouldn’t lie to us.