3 Steps to Reducing Your Anxiety

by Neseret on November 15, 2012

06Do you feel nervous?

Do you constantly worry? and feel like you can’t stop worrying?

Do you have trouble relaxing?

Are you afraid something awful might happen?

Although the above are some of the classic symptoms of anxiety, everyone experiences anxiety in different ways. Personally I tend to pick on my fingernails and lips when I’m anxious. A little embarrassing but true. I also carry my anxiety as a tension (knotes) in my neck and shoulders.

Other people report sweaty palms, nausea, increased heart rate, fleshed skin, tightness in chest, tightness or grating jaw etc. Some people experience panic attacks which is a severe form of anxiety. In panic attack people often describe symptoms such as feeling like they’re “unable to breath”, having “chest pain”, “dizziness” and light headedness, and trembling and shaking. Panic attack symptoms are often mistaken for heart problems and other physical ailments.

I believe everyone is unique in how they experience anxiety.

It is important to be aware of how you experience anxiety as well as what triggers your anxiety so that you can do something to prevent it or manage it effectively.

Here are a few steps to help you reduce your anxiety…

1. Become aware of how you experience anxiety and your anxiety triggers: This is the first step to learning to prevent or effectively manage your anxiety. This will require you to be mindful of your thoughts, emotions, and reactions. It means being connected and mindful of your body as much as possible. I’d recommend mindfulness practises such as Yoga and Meditation to help you with this. I know Yoga and Meditation have helped me tremedously with becoming more connected with my body and developing a better awareness of my emotions and habitual reactions.

2. Taking deep breaths: Focusing on your breath will always bring you to the present moment. Your breath is something that is with you at all times. Breathing in more oxygen has more benefits than helping you to feel calmer. You can do this at anytime you start feeling anxious. Become concious of your breathing and start to deepen your in and out breath. You may want to count while you do this.

3. Positive self talk: Start talking to yourself in a gentle and calming way. You want to develop this habit even when you’re not experiencing anxiety. Positive, compassionate inner dialouge will enhance your self esteem and self worth in many ways. When you’re anxious and fear takes over it helps to have a gentle, loving voice by your side. Sometimes this is other people but you are the only person who will always be with you.

Please take the time to share your questions and comments below. I’d love to hear about your experience with anxiety and what  helps you lower your anxiety. Please take time to share this on Facebook and Twitter. Thank you my friend.

Peace, Love & Gratitude,

Neseret

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Olivia Martin June 5, 2013 at 8:20 am

Excellent advice. I have found magnesium to work well for anxiety.
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Ashleigh August 22, 2013 at 1:53 pm

Great suggestions. I’d have to agree especially with being mindful. Getting out of my head and focusing on the present does wonders for my anxiety. So does listening to audio books. :)
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Neseret August 29, 2013 at 5:15 pm

Hi Ash,

Thanks for stopping by and sharing your thoughts here.

I love books.Books have been my saving grace and fabulous for my mental health. I’ve turned my car in to a classroom through audio books. I also treasure paper books.

Sending you Light & Love

Neseret

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