Anxiety: if you’re conscious, you probably have it. Of course, it may be fleeting and minimal and something that doesn’t impact you all that much. Or it may be something that follows you around like a shadow, forever part of your existence.
For people in the latter category, anxiety can impact quality (and quantity) of life. That’s why getting a hold on it is so instrumental.
So, how do you do this? An open mind? An open heart? An open bar? Perhaps, not the last one but you can also do the following:
Breathe: We all breathe throughout the day without much ado – it’s involuntary. Making it voluntary, something you focus on, helps ease anxiety. Counting your breathes or taking breathes that are deep and measured helps regulate your nervous system and allows you to feel at ease.
Meditate: Breathing is a big part of mediation and that, in part, is why meditation is so effective. But mindfulness -the practice of staying in a moment of acceptance – is vital too. Mediating first thing in the morning helps you set the tone for your day (and allows you to fit it in before life gets in the way).
Delegate: If your stress is the result of you having too much to do, ask for help. Delegate what you can and ask others to help carry your load. From coworkers to spouses, from friends to family, there are helpings hands everywhere. Even your children can pitch in. They might be more amendable this time of year when Santa is watching.
Eat more sweet potatoes: Sweet potatoes help increase the serotonin in your brain, which helps with depression and anxious thoughts. Anti-depressants do this too, of course, but healthy food adds a natural boost. You don’t have to eat sweet potatoes to reap the benefits – turkey, pineapple and various other fruit and vegetables aid serotonin too.
Exercise: We know, we know – the idea that exercise is good for you has been shoved down your throat a million times. But indulge me anyway. Exercise is a natural stress-buster. It releases hormones that help you feel better about any adversity you may be facing. It also improves self-esteem: yes, you’re amazing, but you’ll be even more amazing on a treadmill.
Hiya, I’m Karen, energy therapist and mind body expert for dynamic and ambitious women who are struggling with anxiety. I help them to get to the root cause of their anxiety so they can take back control other thoughts and be the calm and confident woman they want to be.
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