5 tips for staying calm through anxiety
Do you feel like sometimes your chest is closing in on you? Do you get a knot in your stomach, or feel like your heart and mind are racing?
Anxiety is something so many of my clients struggle with. It can affect quality of sleep, create tension in the body, and worry and stress in the mind. The uncertainty of the world, the lack of knowing what is going to happen, and the inability to plan ahead can be extremely stressful. If you’re feeling this too, you’re not alone.
Having something to look forward to is a big factor in maintaining a happy and positive outlook, and if all we see ahead of us is doom and gloom, it can cause anxiety and feelings of wanting to give up or ‘what is the point’, and our energy starts to suffer as a result.
I know it can often seem as though your mind is controlling you, and it can, if we allow it! What we think and what we focus on has a direct impact on how we feel. By turning our mind to the things within our control, and by focusing on the positive aspects of the world around you, it can also have a real positive impact on how you feel and your energy.
Here are some tips to help you stay calm and manage anxiety:
1. Change your focus
What you focus on grows bigger, so choose to focus on the things that spark joy, the things that give you energy and that make you feel better, rather than worse! Have one thing every day to look forward to, even if it is the smallest thing like going for a walk in the sunshine, or cooking a delicious meal, or chatting to a friend. Acknowledge the things that lift you up, talk about them with your friends, and start sharing the joy in your life. Make an effort to find something positive to talk about with your neighbours, friends, family and work colleagues every day.
2. Find something to be grateful for every day
Gratitude can have a positive impact on the state of our mind and body. It’s easy to take things for granted, and I think that has been a lesson for so many of us this year! When restrictions hit, we suddenly realised all the things we can’t do anymore. Spend time every day being grateful for the things we do have. You might even like to bring a friend into this practice, and text each other 3 things you feel grateful for each day, and notice how your outlook on life changes.
3. Practice mindfulness
Mindfulness is being fully present in the moment. Anxiety often hits when we are projecting our fears and worries into the future. But what we think may or may not happen – and if anything, 2020 has also taught us that we never really know what is going to happen! We can’t control our future, and the past is already done. All we really ever have is this present moment. So take some deep breaths, and remind yourself of where you are and what you are doing in this exact moment. If you focus too much on tomorrow, you will miss today!
4. Deep breaths
Breathing is something we often take for granted! But without breath, we would not be here. Take the time to go outside and breathe in fresh air every day. By taking deep breaths we are sending fresh oxygen to our organs, our brain, our muscles, our cells – every part of our body. When we sit at our desks for too long, breathing tends to be short and shallow. Deep belly breaths changes our posture, brings awareness to our body, and calms the nervous system, helping with stress, tension and anxiety.
5. Reiki healing!
Sometimes we just can’t manage on our own, and Reiki healing is a beautiful, relaxing and rejuvenating practice that can really help to release tension and anxiety. I myself have been having more frequent distant Reiki healings done throughout this pandemic, and it is my favourite way of rebalancing my energy, clearing my head, and shifting my mindset. If you feel like whatever you are doing is not working, then it might be time to book in for a distant Reiki healing, and get the support you need.
If you suffer from anxiety, stress, worry, tension, or just don’t feel like yourself, try the 5 tips above, and if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to reach out and contact me here.