Feeling stressed, worried or anxious (or both) and those feelings aren’t going away? And you feel like this worry cannot be controlled? Chances are you are experiencing anxiety. Good news is… you’re not alone. Better news is ProActiv can help.
In Australia anxiety is the most common mental health condition, according to Beyond Blue on average 1 in 4 people will experience anxiety. While there are some days you feel like there is nothing you can do to help your anxiety, we have listed 8 common tips that can help you alleviate some of your feelings, which you can try, right now;
Slow breathing. When you are feeling anxious your breathing becomes faster. So, to try to slow your breathing down, count to 3 and then breathe in slowly. Then, count to three as you breathe out slowly.
Progressive muscle relaxation. Sometimes this is easier said than done as you need to find a quite location. Sit or lie down, close your eyes and slowly tense then relax your muscle groups from your head to your toes. You will need to hold that tension for approximately 3 seconds and then relax. You may find that your muscles feel tight as muscle tension usually comes with anxiety.
Staying in the present moment. Often, when feeling anxious, anxiety can make your thoughts wander, so just try to stay in the present moment and bring yourself back. You might like to try meditation, as this is good to clear your mind and re-focus.
Keeping a healthy lifestyle. As much as you can, try to keep active, eat well and spend time with friends and family. If you are doing things you enjoy this will assist in reducing stress and help you to relax and improve your overall wellbeing.
Take small acts of bravery. Sometimes what makes you anxious can be easier to avoid but in the long run this may make you more anxious. Try to challenge what is making you feel anxious in a small way. For example when you might be anxious about going to the shopping centre, as there are often large crowds, rather than not facing this fear, try to challenge it and maybe just walk or drive past and each time get a bit closer to going inside and as you’re doing this your anxiety about the situation will likely reduce.
Challenge you’re self-talk. This is something that is also a lot easier said than done. But, the way you think can affect how you feel, so if you try to challenge this you may find that this will assist in you feeling less anxious about a situation.
Learning from others. Whilst is can be hard to talk about how you are feeling, talking to someone else who is also experiencing anxiety or has a similar experience to you, can assist you with not feeling alone. Websites such as Beyond Blue can have great online forums where you can talk and share feelings with others.
Last but not least, remember to be kind to yourself. Always remember that you are not your anxiety, you are not weak, you have a mental health condition called anxiety and you have got this.
If you have read the above and you would like someone to talk with or someone to help, click on the link and ProActiv People can help. Now, let get to work!