Mindful practices like meditation train your brain to stay in the moment and help eliminate worries and concerns. The goal is to quiet your mind by stretching, breathing deep and slow breaths, and focusing your mind on one thought or idea for a set time period.
2. Drink some herbal tea.
Sipping on herbal remedies like lavender and chamomile tea helps reduce anxiety levels because it relaxes your blood vessels and smoothes your muscle fibers. Make sure you only stick to decaffeinated beverages, otherwise you could actually increase your anxiety.
3. Write in a journal.
Take all of the anxieties and stresses that exist in your body and mind and put them down on paper. It’s always better to get everything out than hold it in and let it fester. Plus, you never know what kind of stories or ideas you might come up with.
4. Take a deep breath.
If you don’t have enough time to meditate, take a deep breath. Slow and controlled breathing helps to lower blood pressure and increases feelings of calm and relaxation. Inhale through your nose, count to 10, and exhale from your mouth. Good, now you’re one step closer to achieving Zen.
5. Refer to yourself in the third person.
Apparently, talking and thinking about yourself in the third person might help reduce anxiety levels. Thinking about yourself as if you’re someone else can give you more psychological space to demonstrate self-control.
8. Remove yourself from the situation making you anxious.
One of the best ways to get rid of anxious feelings is to go straight to the source. If you’re in a position to exit the situation at hand that’s making you feel uneasy, then do so. Feeling better can be as easy as removing yourself.
10. Listen to calming music.
Listening to music can help distract you from other pains and anxieties you’re experiencing. In turn, this decreases your awareness around your feelings of anxiety and helps relax your mind. Choose a song or artist that relaxes you and press play.
12. Create a happy place.
And go there in your mind when you’re feeling stressed or anxious. Everyone could use an escape from time to time, and having a designated place in your mind comes in handy when your reality is ridden with anxiety.
13. Replace negative thoughts with positive ones.
For every bad thing that runs through your mind in the midst of feeling anxious, try and think of something that makes you happy, instead. This is a much welcomed distraction when it comes to anxiety because it shifts your thought process from negative to positive.
16. Stuff your face.
According to some doctors, people get more anxious when they’re hungry. A healthy diet can help eliminate the possibility of experiencing anxiety, but in the short term, grab a snack if you’re stomach is empty and you’re starting to feel anxious.
19. Express gratitude.
Feeling grateful and exhibiting gratitude through your actions is another great way to reduce anxiety, since it also makes others feel appreciated. Keeping a gratitude journal is a productive way to get in the habit of feeling grateful. The more gratitude you have the less you room you have to feel anxious.
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