Stress and anxiety are something we are proudly talking more about these days, with people sharing their struggles as well as different techniques on how to resolve any difficult feelings. We’re here to let you know that you are not alone, and we want to help reduce any stress and anxiety that you may feel.
Anxiety attacks our wellbeing, confidence, makes our hearts race and stomachs churn and sometimes, the feeling can be so overwhelming that you cannot do anything. We’ve got some simple steps that will massively help you reduce these overwhelming feelings.
It Will Pass
In case you didn’t know, the body actually has a natural relaxation response when you are in an anxious state. This is where it is important to understand that what you are feeling, will pass. Anxiety increases when we try too hard to fight it or when we continue to feed it with our thoughts. Telling yourself that this feeling is only for now and that it will not last, will immediately begin to settle you.
Self-Soothe – Breathing and positive self-talk
When we are in an anxious state, it usually comes from feeling like you are not in control of a situation. At this point, your body beings a process of physiological changes. Adrenaline is released into the body which increases the heart and breathing rate, forcing our bodies into a flight or fight mode.
The first thing that must happen to ensure a decrease in anxiety, is reducing the heart rate and this can be achieved by practicing deep breathing techniques. Taking deep breaths in, filling your diaphragm and letting the breath out completely, practice this 3-5 times and you will notice a vast difference.
When we are anxious, it is very easy for us to contribute more to the feeling by saying certain things to ourselves. Look at it this way, if someone else was in your situation, what would you say to them? During an anxiety attack, repeat the following to yourself-
“This feeling will pass.”
“I will get through this.”
“I am safe right now.”
“I am feeling anxious now, but I have the power make myself calm.”
“I can feel my heart rate slowing down.”
Using these techniques will rapidly reduce those chaotic feelings, helping you recover quicker and enabling you to be you once again.