Here’s 5 tips to practice to manage your anxiety:
1. RELEASE YOUR ENERGY. If you feel super pumped up like your body is full of adrenaline, you’ll want to release it before you practice calming exercises. Go for a brisk walk outside. Stand up and do 30 jumping jacks. Run up and down the stairs. Whatever activity it may be, remember to BREATHE and be conscious of your breathing. Inhale for 3 seconds, exhale for 3 seconds.
2.PLAY THE 3-3-3 GAME. First, close your eyes and take 3 deep breaths in and out. Open your eyes and look around and name 3 things you can see. Next, name 3 sounds you can hear. Then, move 3 parts of your body you can feel (i.e wiggle your fingers, rotate your ankle, nod your head up and down). End this exercise with 3 more deep breaths in an out.
3.LISTEN TO SOMETHING. Play that one song that whenever you hear it, you automatically feel calm and content. Maybe it’s a song that brings you back to a beautiful memory or maybe one that helps you visualize a serene picture. On the flip side, play your all-time favorite song that you know all the words to and just sing it out loud from beginning to end. Whatever song it may be, let yourself go and vibe to it.
4.USE ESSENTIAL OILS. Essential oils are compounds extracted from plants that hold amazing benefits when inhaled through a diffuser or put directly on the skin once distilled. Creating your own essential oil rollers that you can bring with you anywhere is perfect for on-the-go. Lavender specifically is known to increase calming and relaxation and you can apply your diluted essential oil rollers on the temples of your head, behind your ears, on wrists, and on the bottom of your feet.
5.REPEAT A CALMING MANTRA. A mantra is a word or sound repeated to aid concentration in meditation. It’s a positive affirmation that is repeated to one-self for the purpose of motivation or encouragement. Find a mantra that resonates with you most and repeat it to yourself while taking deep breaths in between.
Here’s a few anxiety mantras you may like:
“With every breath, I release the anxiety within me and I become more and more calm.”
“This feeling is only temporary. It will pass.”
“I have enough, I do enough, I am enough.”
“I am safe. I am well. I am going to be all right.”