Do you find yourself struggling with intense feelings of anxiety sometimes? Is your anxiety causing nausea or headaches?
Life can get stressful, and sometimes that stress can get overwhelming.
It can be difficult to “break out” of the moment and focus on getting yourself to calm down.
Here are some ways you can work on managing your feelings of anxiety, wherever you are.
Some tips to soothe your anxiety
1. Calming self-talk
No one knows how to calm you as well as you do. Learn a few mantras that you know have a soothing effect on you.
It can be something along the lines of, ” I have gone through this before and I’ve survived” or “Nothing lasts forever”, or maybe, “I’m letting myself surrender and let go.”
You can repeat the mantra to yourself for as long as you need to, until you feel the stress subside.
2. Use relaxation techniques
There are some great relaxation and breathing techniques you can learn about.
You can also try some online resources–such as the breathing gif .
Concentrate on your breathing and the surroundings around you. Concentrate on what your 5 senses are telling you–what are you smelling right now? What’s right before your eyes? What’s under your feet?
3. Do something physical
Take a walk, get on a bike, do some stretching, or fold the laundry. Doing something physical lets your mind shift its focus from the worries that are fueling your anxiety.
4. Question your thoughts
Don’t let your anxiety dictate your reality. Challenge your thoughts. You can ask yourself:
- How realistic is this worry?
- What’s the worse that can really happen? Can I handle it?
- Is it possible I’m just overreacting because I’m tired/ hungry/ upset right now?
- Is there someone I can speak to about these issues? Maybe I can research some solutions on my own?
5. Stay in the present
The future is unknown and often scary. That’s why our anxieties are so often centered around what may happen. Focusing on what’s actually happening right now, in the moment, will help alleviate the intensity of those worries.
This is a skill that may take some time to perfect, but with practice, it will become easier.
Reach out today
You can learn how to manage, and break free from, your anxiety. For a compassionate and experienced therapist in Cape Coral, get in touch with Rick Merillat, LCSW. You can reach him by phone or by filling out the contact form.Please share this post!