Anxiety often hits and the most unexpected times, making it hard to find an escape or a release. However, there are many different things you can do to help calm down your breathing and relax. Whilst not all of them will work for everyone, I thought I would share with you some of the things I do to help diminish my anxious feelings.
- Reading. Often when I am feeling anxious, I find reading helps to calm me down. The more you immerse yourself into the book the less you pay attention to the things making you anxious. Until you stop feeling anxious all together.
- Colouring. There are so many different colouring books available for adults nowadays, from Harry Potter ones to Disney, from Birds to Swear words. You can even buy little pocket sized ones which are perfect for on the go. No only are they fun to do but they are perfect for practising mindfulness.
- Phone Apps. There are so many different apps out there that are targeted at those who suffer with anxiety or who simply want to focus on practising mindfulness. Whilst most of them require a payment, there are plenty of great free apps available. Some of my personal favourites are, Calm, Colorfy and Relax Lite.
- Breathing exercises. One breathing technique that I’ve found really helpful is breathing in for 4, holding the breath for 7 and then breathing out for 8. I find that by repeating this helps to get your breathing back on track which in time will steady your pulse and help you to calm down completely.
- Meditation. Although it’s difficult to meditate when you are in a busy place or on the go, If you are somewhere quiet or comfortable, meditation is a great way to to relieve anxiety and get in touch with your surroundings. There are apps (such as those mentioned above) which have guided meditation built in, however, there are also techniques or things you can do when these apps aren’t readily available.
- Meditation Techniques. Focusing your mind on individual parts of the body. Working your way up from your toes to you head. This can help to take your mind off any worries floating around. Another technique that I find helpful when I’m stressed is tensing parts of the body. This is especially helpful right before bed time when you’re feeling stressed and unable to sleep. You keep tensing and releasing parts of the body until you begin to feel more relaxed.
- Laying with your legs resting up against the wall. Now this may sound strange but lately I’ve found that if i lie on the floor with my legs resting on the wall, my pulse seems to relax. Now I don’t know the science behind it, but if you are in a place where you can do this, then I highly recommend it.
- Head to a local park. There is something about being in a park or story by water that makes me super relaxed.
Hopefully some of these techniques may bring you some relief during times of anxiety.
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