This post isn’t a proven approach to overcoming anxiety, but rather tips on how I try to manage my anxiety. Over the years, the tips below have helped me maintain a calmer headspace, a clearer perspective, and happier vibration in life.
- Wake up and stretch to get your blood flowing. I like to start my day with some stretches and simple yoga moves. Since I suffer from chronic neck pain, this works twofold for me.
- Meditation. I’m not saying I’m a meditation guru – I’m just saying I do the best I can. More than half the time, my mind is still thinking – sometimes on overdrive. What I’ve learned from starting meditation is that it doesn’t mean your mind will stay quiet – it means you are working towards that quiet. I use a phone app called Calm, but youtube also has some great resources.
- Read about ways other people manage their anxiety (nothing like firsthand experience)—books, books, and more books.
- I try to rewire my brain by talking myself out of it. I will remind myself that the story I am making up is not valid. In the event the story is true, I have to slow it down. I hit the brakes when I am driving my mind on 100 mph on a 60 mph road.
- What I am about to say might seem like I’m a hypocrite because I said I stop myself from overthinking, but what that means is I still feel my emotions. Being in a funk is okay – it helps a whole ton if you can accept that you feel crappy. I take that crappy, and I journal with it – it’s a way to explore my emotions when I see it on paper. It helps me recognize it for it is, even if I feel uneasy and unhappy. I allow it. To be clear – this part is challenging. Feeling your feelings is painful, but the only way out is through, and so through we go.
I hope that if you’ve made it thus far, you have found some use in this post. Nothing in life is a one size fits all approach, I’m just sharing tidbits of what works for me. If you’re like me and trying to find ways to calm your anxiety – then we’re on similar journies, keep on swimming, there’s hope in trying.
If any of the above tips work for you or if you have other means of dealing with your anxiety that you find helpful, please share in the comments below.