Today I want to share 12 tips that have been really useful for me to calm my anxiety in everyday life.
Because if you’re anything like me you have been there many times.
You’re sitting in a waiting room. Or just waiting somewhere.
Soon it will begin.
Your leg is starting to shake nervously. Your hands are starting to sweat and maybe your mouth feels a bit dry.
Your thoughts are becoming jumbled, it is hard to focus and to think as clearly as you usually do.
Maybe you have an important test in school. A job interview. An appointment with your doctor or dentist.
A date that you are looking forward to but at the same time you are scared to make a fool of yourself on.
Whatever it may be it is making you anxious.
Now, these self-help tips are for relieving low or medium levels of anxiety. They are not intended for anxiety attacks or anything that serious.
I know nothing about such things and would recommend that you seek professional help in such situations.
Sit down, in a quiet place if possible.
Breathe a little deeper than usual and do it with your belly and not with your chest.
For just a minute or two focus on only the air going in and out of your nostrils. Nothing else.
This will calm your mind and body down.
And it will bring your attention back to the present moment instead of it being lost in overthinking scary, future scenarios or bad memories from the past.
2. Get good knowledge.
Dispel the clouds of uncertainty and vague fears by researching what you have anxiety about.
By talking to people who have done what you are about to do or want to do – or by reading what they have written – you can build a more realistic roadmap with both positives and negatives of how things are likely to go.
And learn how to improve in the area that gives you anxiety.
Do research on the best ways to become better at and less nervous when – for instance – doing public speaking, job interviews or presentations at work or in school.
3. Do a quick workout.
I like to lift heavy weights for about 15-25 minutes when I feel worried, stressed or anxious.
It makes me feel stronger both in mind and body. It releases inner tensions and relaxes me.
Others go out for a quick run, walk or bike ride when they feel anxious.
Find a way to exercise that fits you and lets you reap these benefits and counteract anxiety.
4. Focus on something else.
Sometimes it is more helpful to simply redirect your mind instead of thinking about what creates your current anxiety.
Especially if you have no…