10 Ways To Calm Anxious Feelings
Anxiousness is a real feeling, even when its feelings of dread and foreboding are based on perception, not real danger.
People who are feeling anxious tend to overestimate risks and the likelihood of bad outcomes.They see their sources of stress as pervasive and permanent. They may be stuck in the flight, fight, or freeze responses for which humans are hardwired, but that don’t always serve us in today’s modern world. This agitation can be exhausting and over time, harmful. For infrequent anxiety, there are things you can do to help yourself. For ongoing anxiety or panic attacks, speak with your health care provider about treatment. Talk therapy, medication, stress management, and exercise are all methods used to overcome anxiety. To help calm anxious feelings:
Take note of your feelings of stress as early as possible. Ignoring stress doesn’t make it go away.
Try to end stressful situations as soon as possible. Take the time that you need to pull yourself together.
Breathe. Take a deep breath and then let it go slowly. Let the muscles in your face, arms, legs, and body go completely loose.
Acknowledge your surroundings. Say hello to your feet, the ground, the ceiling, a tree, or anything you spot around you. If you feel like this is ridiculous, that’s OK! This process, called grounding, helps you focus on the here and now, which can calm racing thoughts.
Practice mindfulness. Bring your awareness to the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting your feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations.
Practice overall self-care by eating healthfully, drinking water, stretching, taking medicine as directed, relaxing, and getting sleep.
Exercise. Research shows that being active relieves tension and reduces anxiety.
Phone a friend.
Write in a journal.
Ask your Vida health coach for help.