As you know I provide plenty of anxiety relief techniques, but here are a few you can do right now. There are several things you can do to improve the way you handle stressful and anxiety producing situations. It sounds so simple but often we don’t apply what we know we need to do!
By making some lifestyle changes you can get a handle on your anxiety and feel better about you and your life.
- Technique #1 – Exercise
Exercise is one of the best ways to help you reduce anxiety levels. It boosts your serotonin levels and makes you feel good! This is especially true if you have a lot of physical symptoms related to feeling nervous or anxious. The easiest and best exercise for anxiety relief is walking. How easy is that?
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Walking every day can help you to improve your brain chemistry – your neurotransmitters – relieve stress from muscles and give you a chance to take some deep breaths. Don’t worry about how far or fast you walk, just make the goal to get out and do it every day.
- Technique #2 – Practice Gratitude
Having anxiety is hard…yes, I know…and it is easy to focus on the negative aspects of life. By changing your perspective you can improve the way you feel. Make it a point to write down at least three things each day for which you’re grateful. If you keep a journal, write it down in that.
They don’t have to be big things – even something as small as having someone smile at you in the grocery store can be worth writing down. By doing this you’ll be more likely to see the good in your life rather than focusing on your fears.
- Technique #3 – Create a Peaceful Home Environment
There are a lot of things we can do in our home and even bring into our home that can actually cause our anxiety to increase.
For example, spending your time watching bad news on television could or can create anxiety. It may trigger deep emotional memories that you can’t even consciously remember! You could end up having a panic attack later and not even know why.
Violent movies, video games and even some music can cause your anxiety levels to escalate. Creating a home with peaceful music and uplifting media can be a great start to reducing your anxiety.
- Technique #4 – Talk to a Friend
Often people experiencing anxiety become more isolated…especially people who have social anxiety. Talking about your feelings helps even though you may not want to. Find someone you are happy to talk to and who you know will be supportive not negative. Take time to visit with friends or call someone if you’re feeling worried.
- Technique #5 – Stay Busy
Down time becomes a breeding ground for worry. Too much time on our hands is a perfect time for too much negative thinking. Find things to do that will help you stay busy such as reading, housework (we have to do it anyway), gardening, spending time with friends, going for a walk, or anything else you love to do!
The less time you have to sit around and worry, the less anxiety you’ll have creep upon you.
So get busy and have a fun day! 😀
Reflections For Today
I have the power to change myself.
Change can be challenging, but I have the power to change. I value the ability to change and I do everything I can to improve my life and myself. I remind myself each day that I am capable of changing any part of my life at any moment.
I realize that the key to change is belief. I believe in myself. I believe that the past can be quite different than the future. Therefore, change is possible for me.
Even if I have struggled in the past to make changes, I know I can make them today.
I can easily recall all the wonderful changes in my life. These memories give me the courage, strength, and certainty to make changes today.
I have a list of changes that I want to make. I review that list regularly and reward myself when I successfully create one of those changes. When I struggle, I remind myself of my past successes and renew my commitment. Then I can move forward, confident once again.
Successfully navigating each change makes the next change easier. As I make positive changes, I find my life gets easier every day. Change can bring great things into my life and I now look forward to making changes.
Today, I renew my commitment to changing and improving myself. I know I can change quickly and easily. I am a strong person. I have the power to change myself.
1. What changes do I want to make?
2. How confident am I about my ability to change?
3. How can I increase that level of confidence?