5 Quick Tips for Handling Anxiety
Have you been feeling anxious lately? Whether you are experiencing a momentary anxious moment or experiencing long periods of fighting it, here are some tips to help alleviate the symptoms of anxiety.
1. Controlled breathing.
Controlled breathing is the most immediate solution to feeling anxious. Even if you don’t feel able to take a deep breath, slowing your breathing down by taking slower, shallower breaths will make the difference. The proper way is to breathe in slowly through your nose for 5 seconds. Hold your breath for 3 seconds and then breathe out slowly through your mouth for 7 seconds. The purpose of this is to prevent hyperventilation, which creates many of the worst symptoms of anxiety.
When you are feeling anxious, you need to get your body moving. By doing this, you burn away stress hormones, release endorphins, focus your mind and force better breathing.
3. Watch funny YouTube videos.
Surprisingly, watching YouTube videos that make you laugh can help reduce the symptoms of anxiety. Whether you laugh at screaming goats, barking dogs or people falling off skateboards (no judgement here), humor has a strong impact on our body and can make a difference.
4. Friendly conversation.
When you feel your anxiety starting to rise, reach out and talk to someone friendly. This offers you the feeling of support and not facing things alone. More immediately, it offers a distraction from the symptoms of anxiety, which will assist in a quicker recovery.
5. Make love, not anxiety.
Sharing intimacy with someone is a great way of combating feelings of anxiety. It offers the benefits of comfort by sharing yourself with another, endorphin releases from exercise, and distraction from the anxiety. This is one of the best methods for addressing anxiety because of the involvement of so many other tips within it.
The truth is that there isn’t a quick cure for anxiety. The best way to handle anxiety is to manage it when you first start to experience it. By recognizing the signs of its approach, you can begin managing its symptoms earlier and reduce the impact of its experience. If you are interested in learning more about anxiety, visit me at www.CartersvilleCounseling.com or send me (Daryl Gessner) an email at CartersvilleCounseling@mindspring.com