For real, anxiety has been like a stow away in the back seat for waaaayyyy too long. Busting through the layers that got us to feeling our heart racing, chest tightening and temple veins thumping is definitely a process.
These are my go-to, tried and true techniques to get you through it all.
1 – Deep Breathing
Just take a deep breath in through your nose and blow it out through your mouth. Pretend like the weight of the world is floating off your shoulders and you will instantly feel lighter and lifted. This technique helps lower your heart rate and blood pressure, improve your lymphatic system by detoxifying your body, and helps you focus again.
2 – Meditation
Here’s a quick and easy mediation to help you bust through anxiety, clear your mind and get you back on track to check off your to-do list. Breath in and count one. Breath out and count two. Keep going until you get to 10 and then reverse it, counting backwards to one again. See if you can let go of any other thoughts. If you do wander over into another thought. Start over. Breath deeply. Be kind to yourself and patient and try again.
3 – Movement: Exercise won’t make your stress disappear, but it will reduce some of the emotional intensity that you’re feeling, clearing your thoughts and letting you deal with your problems more calmly. Sit in easy seat or any comfortable seated position or a chair with feet firmly set on the ground. Inhale and lift your arms to the sky. Exhale and allow your hands to rest by your sides. Repeat 10 times. Let go of any other thoughts, worries or cares. Just be in the moment and movement and let everything else fade into the background. Just this simple exercise can reset your nervous system and get you back on track to a stress-free, focused day.