You are not alone with the need to manage anxiety. Anxiety shows up in many different ways and can affect anybody, with or without a diagnosed anxiety disorder. It can be experienced emotionally, physically, and cognitively. Whether you experience anxiety as feelings of fear and worry, develop physical changes such as sweating and difficulty breathing, or become overwhelmed with thinking that life is out of control, we are glad to share that there are several ways to manage anxiety.
Below are 5 of the best ways to manage anxiety.
Pause and Breathe Deeply
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When you feel anxiety approaching, pause and begin to take several slow, deep breaths, and notice where your mind is. What are you thinking about? You may have been worrying about a past or future event, feeling overwhelmed by a current situation, or imagining a fearful scenario. As you breathe deeply, allow yourself to come into the present moment, and simply feel your heartbeat calming down.
Think or Speak Affirmations
Affirmations are belief statements (usually beginning with “I am”) that can physically rewire the brain when repeated frequently. Make a list of affirmations that resonate with you and set a few minutes aside to think or speak them aloud daily. For examples of affirmations you can use to manage anxiety: click here.
Journaling is one of the best ways to get in touch with your inner voice, which will help you become aware of your deepest thoughts, and be able to manage anxiety in the way that works for you. The act of journaling itself is a somatic experience, and can be calming while helping you clear your mind. If you don’t already, consider getting a journal and practice writing at a set time daily, or during moments of anxiety.
Natural Calming Remedies
There are several vitamins and herbs that can help support serotonin levels, aiding in balancing your nerves and emotions. We recommend consulting with a professional to discover what works best for you. For example, chamomile tea is a fantastic common remedy for calmness.
Celebrate Small Victories as You Manage Anxiety
As you implement methods to manage anxiety, be sure to celebrate the changes you notice. If you are able to take a deep breath at the onset of an anxiety attack, notice and celebrate that victory. Being aware and glad for your positive development will encourage your subconscious to continue doing positive things. We tend to beat ourselves up for our struggles; Shifting to a deeper appreciation of even our small victories can help us in the process of managing anxiety.
In conclusion, there are various ways manage anxiety, and we support you in finding the best way for you. If you’d like additional help or personal coaching, contact us today.