We are living in uncertain times and the chances are, you’re anxiety and stress levels are rising or at heightened levels.
The Queendom asked Marina Collins, author and anxiety specialist for her top three tips to deal with anxiety.
These are all ideal for dealing with anxiety in the moment, the more you do any of the exercises, the more it will help to “re wire” your brain.
When we get anxious the body’s “fight or flight” response is activated.
It’s the body’s way of protecting us in threatening situations. Adrenaline is released into your body, your heart rate is increased and your body prepares to make you stronger so you can fight, or help you move faster for flight. Which isn’t helpful in everyday situations.
Also when you get a fright, you take a sharp intake of breathe and your breathing can become erratic.
Breathe deeply and pay attention to each breathe as you begin slowing your breathing down.
Take a deep breathe in through your nose and a long slow breathe out through your mouth.
Imagine you’re blowing up a balloon or blowing bubbles.
Question your thoughts
Our subconscious mind doesn’t know the difference between real and imagined.
When we get into a state of anxiety we start to imagine all sorts of things, often creating pictures in our minds.
Our subconscious then acts and behaves as if it’s real, which then puts us back into fight or flight.
So ask yourself:
Is the thought true?
Is it kind or is it necessary? and
If you answer NO to these, make the choice to move onto another thought
Go do something!
When we get anxiety we tend to focus on it, we focus on not wanting to have it, but that’s giving it attention.
By doing something, anything else, it helps take your mind off it.
Take a walk
Pass something between your hands
Keep your hands shoulder width apart
Pass a small ball, your glasses or anything small and light between them, keeping your eyes on it as it passes.
This interrupts the thought pattern and helps you regain a sense of control.
Marina Collins Dip. Hyp. is an
NLP, Hypnotherapy and Anxiety Specialist.
She can help work on Emotional & Physical Pain and is also Firewalk Instructor.
Her book Transforming Anxiety: A Guide to Dealing with Stress & Anxiety on a daily basis is available to buy from Amazon.