Are you feeling anxious?

Right now, many people are feeling anxious. They are anxious about the ramifications if they or a family member catches covid, they are anxious they may not have a job, they are anxious about returning to the office.
Lyn Ray Coaching Fife

How do you act when you are anxious?  People generally fall into one of two campsand recognising this can be helpful. When you are anxious do you spring into action and do, do, do, or do youfeel like a rabbit in the headlights and stop taking action altogether?

 

Here are a few tips that can help when you arefeeling anxious:

  • Focus     on the rising & falling of your breath even just for a minute.      This triggers our parasympathetic system and lowers cortisol levels.
  • Rub     your hands together and focus on the feeling.  It sounds crazy but I     promise you it works.  It releases soothing brain waves.
  • Go     for a walk in nature.  As Dr Bill Mitchell puts it in his book     "Time to Breathe", "Walking and being in nature should not     be underestimated for their stabilising effects on our physiology and mental     health.  Walking, particularly in nature rather than on a treadmill     or through busy streets gives us other benefits.  I see walking akin     to meditation.  It can help us make sense of difficulties,     settle our minds, be creative.  Walking is meditation on the     move."  Even just a 10 or 15 minute walk in nature has a calming     effect.  If you can’t go for a walk,     look out the window or at images of nature on your computer.
  • Write     down the things you are worried about.  Research into the benefits of     writing shows it helps us process our thoughts & emotions.
  • Take     5 minutes to stroke a pet.  They will enjoy it and it will relax you     too.
  • Work     out the things you can control in a situation and focus on those.
  • Tell     yourself you feel anxious, not that you are anxious.  This is an     important distinction.  When you recognise anxiety as a feeling,     this is something that will pass.  When you see yourself as anxious,     you are taking it on as part of your identity. 

 

Lyn Ray Coaching Fife
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