First things first, I want to acknowledge that anxiety can be tough. It’s a natural emotion, but sometimes that anxiety dial gets turned up way too high, and suddenly, everything seems like a problem. However, fear not – I’ve got your back and have some practical tips to help reduce anxiety in this article.
Ready to try them out? Let’s go!
Tip 1: Slow Down Your Breathing
When anxiety strikes, our breathing tends to get shallow and fast, which only makes things worse. The first thing you can do is take slow, deep breaths – this can work wonders! It may sound like a cliche, but it could help you feel calmer. When I’m feeling anxious and need to calm down my breathing, my go-to technique is the “4 Count Breathing.” It’s super simple: all you have to do is breathe in for a count of 4 and breathe out for a count of 4. Easy right?
Tip 2: Get Tapping
Another technique that could work for you is called bilateral stimulation. It’s all about tapping left to right – i.e. you tap on one side of your body with one hand, then switch and tap on the other side with the other hand, tapping to every second. Here’s why it can work: by doing this rhythmic left and right tapping, you’re actually stimulating both sides of your brain which helps desensitise your brain and reduce the intensity of those anxiety-inducing thoughts and feelings.
Tip 3: Get Your Body Moving
One of the best ways to distract yourself and release that tension is to get up and get moving. Yes, you heard it right – sweating it out can do wonders for your state of mind and lift your mood with those feel good endorphins you create though exercise. Find a physical activity that you genuinely enjoy, whether it’s going for a walk in nature, having a dance session in your living room, or trying out yoga.
Tip 4: Ground Yourself
It’s normal to feel anxious or stressed, but when those feelings start to overwhelm you, it can be tough to find your footing. Grounding helps you connect with your senses and the present moment. All you need to do is sit or stand with your feet on the ground, imagining the energy of the earth moving up through the soles of your feet into your body like a peaceful force of nature.
Tip 5: Reach Out To Loved Ones
Dealing with anxiety and stress can feel overwhelming and lonely, but I want you to know that you’re not alone. Reaching out for support might feel intimidating, but it can make a huge difference. Whether you have a close friend or family member you trust or decide to seek out professional therapy, having someone to talk to can help lessen the weight of anxiety.
Remember, you have the power to navigate your anxiety and find peace in the present moment. You don’t need any fancy gadgets or complicated techniques – just an open mind and a willingness to try something new. So don’t hesitate to try out these tips and see some real improvements in how you’re feeling. And hey, if it doesn’t work on the first try, no worries! Keep at it because you deserve this.
I hope these tips have offered you some practical ways to reduce anxiety. If you have any questions or need someone further assistance, don’t hesitate to reach out to me to hear about my hypnosis services aimed at reducing anxiety and worries. The link to book a discovery call with me is here: Book Call.
I’m a clinical hypnotherapist with over 15 years experience, and to date I have helped over 100 clients from Poole, Bournemouth, Southampton, Bath, London, Bristol, the United States, and as far afield as New Zealand in reaching their goals. Regardless of where you reside, I am fully equipped to assist you in the same manner so do get in touch if you need my hypnosis help too. Here is the link to my website www.alexsaxton.com and here is the link to my calendar if you would like to book a consultation www.alexsaxtoncalendar.as.me