Having anxious thoughts and feelings is a normal response to stress. It is not necessarily an issue, but if you find that the feelings are persistent and are beginning to stop you from doing the things that you normally would do, then it is a sign that it is time to take action.
My top 6 tips to help you manage anxious feelings are:
Stop and breathe. Taking a few deep breathes activates your parasympathetic nervous system, slowing the heart rate, lowering blood pressure and generally calming the body.
If you are anxious about an upcoming event, use positive visualisation to practice it all going smoothly. See yourself going through the process step by step – looking, feeling, and acting calmly and with confidence.
If anxious thoughts dominate your thinking time, then give them a dedicated time slot in your day. Allow 20 minutes a day to have your “worry time”. When thoughts come up outside of that time, just say to yourself that it is not your worry time yet. Gather them all up and do some concentrated worrying for a limited time only!
Create a special happy place in your mind, it can be real or imagined, but somewhere you feel calm and relaxed. If you find yourself feeling worried or anxious then take yourself off to this happy place.
Change your activity level. If you are overly active and running here and there and feeling anxious, take some quiet time and be still for 15 minutes (mediate, read a book, take a bath with a few drops of lavender oil). If you are inactive and feeling anxious then get yourself moving (go for a walk, dance to your favourite music, do some gardening).
If you are feeling anxious because you have too much to do….stop and write a list. Then prioritise what is most important, delegate what you can, and cross off what is not immediately necessary.
Most importantly if you are feeling anxious you need to prioritise taking some time to look after yourself. Hypnotherapy and Reflexology are two ways of doing this and both treatments are very beneficial if you are suffering from anxiety. Hypnotherapy works to help you identify and change negative thought patterns that are keeping you in an anxious state, and teaches you tools that you can use to deal with stress in a different way. Reflexology is also well known for its calming effect on the mind and the systems of the body. By massaging particular reflex points on the feet it can help calm the body’s nervous system and allow you time to relax and unwind. An integrated approach combining both treatments can be very beneficial.
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The Total Health Team