REDUCE YOUR ANXIETY!
7 TIPS TO HELP REDUCE YOUR ANXIETY
Friday 28th April 2017
In a survey covering Great Britain, results showed that more than 1 in 10 people are likely to have a ‘disabling anxiety disorder.’ Before we cover this topic, it’s necessary for us to stress that if you think you suffer from anxiety – it is recommended that you speak to a GP or someone who can help you control it like a counsellor, therapist or even a life coach. When anxiety is intense, it can prevent you from being yourself and completing everyday tasks.
When you suffer from anxiety, the world can close in on you and all that you want to do is hide under your duvet until you feel okay again. It makes you feel excluded from things even when you have a great support network. It is so much more common than people believe it to be and although when you suffer from anxiety, it’s difficult to put your mind in a different place and visualise yourself feeling better – there are little things that you can do to reduce the symptoms of anxiety.
These tips will allow you to take a deep breath and try to lessen the intensity of your anxiety.
1. Break Big Projects Up – When suffering from anxiety, your workload can be overwhelming and sometimes it can appear like you are procrastinating when this is certainly not the case. If you break your bigger tasks into smaller ones, they seem more achievable and realistic to you which takes a lot of pressure off you when working to complete your projects.
2. Force Yourself To Be Calm – “Smile even if you don’t feel like smiling” – Keith Humphreys. By tapping into the built-in stress reliever in your body, you can let your body flow into a calm state which will naturally reduce your anxiety levels.
3. Accept Your Anxiety – The first step to recovering is to admit that there is a problem. Once you have accepted that your anxiety is a part of you, you can start to overcome it by tackling it with an open and clear mind.
4. Positive Affirmations! – We swear by these as life coaches and so should you! Using affirmations can relax you and using them repeatedly can have a calming effect when you are feeling anxious. An example would be something like “you can get through this, your anxiety does not define you” – you get the idea! Try and come up with your own and tweet it to us at @ducksinarow_uk
5. Reach Out – Honesty is always the best policy. If anxiety is starting to take over your life, you should consider speaking to someone close to you or a colleague who will listen and be there for you to unload. Anxiety can sometimes be too much to deal with alone, and you need the support so please don’t hesitate to reach out to someone if you’re reading this and you feel this way.
6. Create A Vision Board – If your future haunts you and you feel like you’ll never be able to accomplish anything because it’s preventing you from doing so, produce a vision board to create excitement about what the future could hold for you whether it’s to do with your career or your relationships. You can even use Pinterest to create this!
7. Mindful Breathing – Conscious breathing is a simple way to promote relaxation and reduce anxiety in the moment. Inhale through your nose for four seconds, hold that breath for seven seconds and finally, exhale for eight seconds. Get yourself to a quiet space and practice this breathing technique whenever you feel anxious.
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