So here it is my three top tips for managing anxiety. Life can be complicated and can sometimes become a bit overwhelming! I myself have suffered the effects of not managing anxiety well and just burying my head in the sand.
Through help and research I find I am able to deal with things much better now. I thought I would share a few techniques which I use on a daily basis to help me refocus and manage my anxious mind.
To keep it short and simple here are a few things I have found effective:
- Put your energies into a hobby
- Deep breathing
- Put your energies into a hobby – I love this and this is what I find whenever I go to Pole Fitness and more recently the gym. It’s truly the place where I am so busy concentrating on nailing the next move that I find it very hard to let my mind drift and concentrate on my troubles especially when you are at risk of falling off and landing on your ass! At times where my anxiety would peak I wouldn’t really want to be around people and often felt like people would be watching or judging me. I find when im at pole being able to have fun trying the moves and being around a group of supportive and encouraging girls really helps to boost my confidence. When at the gym I feel like a weight has literally been lifted when I have finished with the weights and get a great buzz which lasts for hours afterwards.
- Deep breathing… I know right? When I first tried this I honestly thought I don’t see how a bit of deep breathing is going to help me! Deep breathing can actually be used to calm you in a panic attack did you know…now I know why people are giving a brown paper bag on the tv. I strongly recommend giving it a go. I usually sit comfortably in a chair and start by breathing in as deeply as possible through my nose and getting the air deep down into my stomach for a count of 5 and breathing out through my mouth for a count of 7. I usually do this for 3-5 minutes sometimes holding my breath inbetween inhaling and exhaling and sometimes not. Once I got into the habit of doing this I often found that I was doing this automatically when I felt anxious to calm my nerves.
- Visualisation or in other words – I go to my happy place. My happy place is on a beach in Portugal (big surprise). Portugal was my favourite holiday destination and I did have one fantastic trip where I was taken to a private beach for a special barbeque. This is where I go back to when I am trying to visualise. I visualise laying down on the beach and feeling the warm suns rays on my skin as well as the sounds of the waves coming in and lapping at my feet. Following this I try to focus on where I am feeling the tension in my body which is often my shoulders or my chest and keep my mind on this and deep breathing (again) while imagining the tightness dissolving.
Disclaimer: I am not a medical professional and by no means am I saying this is the right way however these are things that work for me personally.