Updated: Apr 9, 2019
Anxiety is one of the biggest healthy issues we face these days. People have been experiencing it for years, becoming debilitated with it's affects, but staying silent. If you have never experienced it, you would never understand, in fact you may have even expected a friend to just get over it.
For those who do suffer with it, myself included, here are some ways to free yourself from the grip it has over you. The sooner you feel the anxiety building, the easier it is to reduce it's affects if you take action.
1. Become increasingly aware of how your body is feeling. Notice the signs and triggers of anxiety. The sooner you are aware, the sooner you can take action. Your body will never lie to you, it will always tell you when you are out of balance. The secret is to listen, and follow it's guidance. Have healthy preventative habits, try regular reiki, or sound therapy, or crystal healing, meditation, that keeps your bodies energy balance.
2. Notice your feelings and emotions. Allow them to be there. Name them. I am feeling anger. I am feeling fearful. Question your emotions rather than trying to push them aside, it honestly takes less effort. Ask yourself what is triggering this emotion. What is underneath it? Once you put your attention to your emotions the energy begins to shift. Avoiding them allows the energy to grow.
3. Use your breath to bring you into the moment. You can try square breathing. Breathe in to the count of 4, hold the breath to the count of 4, release the breath to the count of 4. Repeat 5 times. Notice the rhythm of your breath, the sensation in your body. You can add other senses into this exercise. What can I feel, what can I see, what can I hear, what can I smell. Our senses bring us into the moment.
4. Change your environment. I know, the last thing you want to do when you are feeling anxious is move, but, it's the best thing you can do. Get out in nature, lean up against a tree, walk on the grass, or the beach. In fact doing this on a regular basis will reduce the amount of stress that causes anxiety. If you are in the workplace and can't just take off into nature, at least find a quiet spot for a moment, Take your break or lunch outside.
5. Move your body. Yes, any type of exercise releases positive endorphins into the blood stream. Regular daily exercise helps to keep our physical and mental body in balance and gives an outlet for stress release. Even if you are sitting at your desk you can stretch your legs and back, go for a walk around the office, or walk up the stairs.
6. Eat healthy. If your energy is low in your body, your thoughts can easily take a nose dive. Be sure you are eating healthy plant based foods. Avoid skipping meals, or cheating with high carb snacks. Your body is like a machine, what you put into it affects how well it runs. The more vibrant the colour of your food, the more vibrant the energy it offers your body. Avoid caffeine and alcohol, and drink plenty of water.
7. Reach out and talk to someone. Our natural response is to hide how we are feeling, to isolate ourselves so no one thinks we are weak. In fact, what we need is someone to listen to us, someone to help us express how we feel and not judge us. If you are feeling alone and isolated, is it your own doing? Find the courage to connect with someone in that crucial moment.
8. Have a regular preventative maintenance plan. Be proactive with regular exercise, healthy food, positive friends, read inspirational books, have good self-care and self-love habits. Experiment with alternative therapies that assist with reducing stress and clearing negative energy from the body.