6 Top Tips for Anxiety
Updated: Jul 13
If you ever experienced anxiety, you’ll know how debilitating it can be and what a massive impact it can have on your life.
Being told 'not to worry about it' or 'it will be fine, you'll see' doesn't really help when you are in a middle of a panic attack!
Anxiety can be so crippling that it can even take over your thoughts 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
The feeling of discomfort linked to the more (or less) identifiable fear can interfere with your sleep, social plans and even take over your life completely.
If you have anxiety you may experience: • Sudden bouts of panic • Heart Palpitations • Sweaty hands or sudden perspiration all over the body • Feeling of worry about being judged, embarrassed or ridiculed, even when there is no real possibility of it happening • Over thinking • Self-consciousness • Fixation about everyday events • Unrealistic or excessive worry about random things with little or no reason • Overall feeling on unease and unrest • Sleep problems • Shortness of breath • Tension in muscles • Dryness of mouth • Dizziness The feelings arousing from anxiety can be really intense and hard to explain to friends and family. Fortunately, there are many ways in which you could help yourself when feeling anxious, I listed my 6 favourite solutions to managing any feelings of unease: 1. Distract yourself – When you’re feeling anxious, you may just wish your that thoughts had an 'off' button so that you could turn them off for a little while…Well that’s tip number one, do anything to distract yourself: gardening, read, a puzzle, go to the cinema, surround yourself with friends, do anything and just get out of your head for a while. Don't plan too far ahead, take it just 1 hour or 30 minutes at a time, whatever length of time you can manage without feeling overwhelmed. 2. Exercise – Start a new exercise, this has a two-fold effect as having to concentrate on the steps in a Zumba class or the poses in a yoga class could distract you from any anxious thoughts and the endorphins released through the physical exercise will help to boost your mood. 3. Super Mood Boosting Foods – Check your diet to ensure that it’s not too full of processed foods or caffeine. Try to up your intake of nuts, soy, milk, yoghurts as well as plenty of fruit and veggies. 4. Meditate – research suggests that Meditation is helpful for relieving anxiety. Even as little as five or ten minutes a day can help to make a massive difference. 5. Balance – I’ve used Reiki a lot with anxiety and it often provides welcome relief. When you have a Reiki treatment, your whole mind, body and spirit are balanced along with your chakras and any blocked or stagnant energy is released. This in turn leaves you feeling lighter, clearer and more like you! If you’re not trained in Reiki, you may opt for a reatment with your local practitioner. If you find it beneficial you may like to learn how to do Reiki yourself! I offer a Reiki level 1 course which is a fantastic start up point for anybody who would like to begin their transformational Reiki journey. If you are interested in your energy body, I also offer a FREE Aura guide which will teach you how to feel for and recognise auras, you can find it here.
6. Aromatherapy – Bergamot essential oil is my personal favourite for both anxiety and depression, thanks to its wonderfully calming and relaxing properties. You can use it in many ways: add it to your oil burner at home, sprinkle a few drops in your bath or on a tissue to inhale. If it's really your type of scent, whey not use it on a lava bead bracelet for an all day boost?