As I have written a blog post recently about Anxiety and how it affects me, I thought that it would be a good idea to share with you some tips on how to ease anxiety. As with the first post where I described how everyone's Anxiety is different this is exactly the same so some of these things may be useful and some may not, but I hope that this is helpful for some of you. So here is a list of some of the things that I do to help sooth my Anxiety;
Meditation is something that suprised me when it actually woked for me. It takes a lot of practice to meditate properly and for people with Anxiety it is a lot harder to control your own thoughts. So my advice would be to be patient with yourself and not to get stressed if you start thinking off track, however once this is mastered it can be a really effective tool for when you are overthinking or worrying about things that you kow you dont need to be. I find it really useful to use a guided meditation track, I know that their aremany different apps that you can download that have different tracks but if not youtube has some great guided meditations to elp you sleep or just take a break from your day. The one I use is a channel called "Sleep Ezy Tonight".
2. Mindfulness colouring
Adult colouring has gained a lot of popularity recently and for good reason. It is a really good way of relaxing and clearing your mind as you are focusing on the colouring and not thinking about other things. You can buy these book in almost all supper markets now and online. I have two swear word colouring books that were a gift to me, that I absolutely love them. My other book is "the minfullness colouling book" from amazon. I really find these books a useful way to distract myself.
3. Keep yourself busy
Keeping busy is probably the way that I calm my anxiety the most. I will ring a friend up and go to the pub or for a walk with them, or I will ring someone up for a big long chat. This may sound like I'm just avoiding my problems and that is exactly what I am doing. And this is fine, mostly because the things that I worry about aren't actual real problems.
4. Breathing exercises
Learning how to control your breathing is good for when you feel like you might be about to have a panic attack, breathing exercises are a really good way of calming yourself down and stopping yourself from becoming short of breath and feeling panicked. A standard one that everyone has probably heard before is to breath in through your nose and out through your mouth but there is also lots more advice and things for you to learn on youtube and of course google.
5. Surrounding yourself with positive people
This is an important thing to think about for long term solutions to your anxiety. Surround yourself with people who you can talk to about your feelings and who you feel support you. I'm sure everyone has at some point been around someone in a bad mood and noticed how they suck the life out of you and bring you down with them. In the same sort of way that sometimes being around really happy people cheers you up. Surround yourself with these happy supportive people and you will slowly but surely find yourself becoming a happier and more positive person.