How do we define Anxiety as it exists in various forms? It can be painful but also a springboard for something that is possibly great?
Anxiety is a tsunami of feelings that exists within and surrounds a person. It can handicap you from completing a task or solving a problem. You could also feel that your heart is beating so much faster and you feel the rush of adrenaline that flows through your body. It leave you fearing about the present and the future.
There are many ways that we can cope with anxiety and here are some recommendations:
- Feeling Safe & Comfortable
What is one space that makes you feel safe and comfortable at the same time? For me, it would be spending time at home and playing with my cat or going for a walk at the park.
The good news is that by changing your breathing you can possibility reverse the anxiety symptoms.
A technique is called Calming Counts and this is how it works:
- Sit comfortably.
- Take a long, deep breath and exhale it slowly while saying the word “relax” silently.
- Close your eyes.
- Let yourself take ten natural, easy breaths. Count down with each exhale, starting with “ten.”
- This time, while you are breathing comfortably, notice any tensions, perhaps in your jaw or forehead or stomach. Imagine those tensions loosening.
- When you reach “one,” open your eyes again.
This is the number one thing to get under control when you are feeling overwhelmed and/or anxious. Make sure you are breathing. If breathing gets out of hand and you feel yourself hyperventilating, focus on holding the exhale as long as you can. Breathe in as long as you can, hold your breath for six seconds, and then let the breath out for at least six seconds (even longer if you can). Do this as many times as you can until you start to feel better and more in control of your breathing.
It’s not what you think J We are not saying to burn a hole in your pocket by buying branded goods, eat at an expensive restaurant or travel to an exotic island in Maldives.
For me, I love to browse for postcards that can range from a few cents to a $1 or more. Cards that makes me happy…..have a look below:
Photography is also a good form of “window-shopping” and you don’t need an expensive DSLR for this. Most of us have a smart phone with a camera and I usually take long walks along the streets of Singapore to take pictures that interest me. You will be surprised by what Singapore has to offer and the walk is a good form of exercise as well. Have a look at some of my random photos:
Other ways that I ground myself:
- Looking at blue skies
- Talking to someone
- Playing with my cat
- Listening to music
- EAT!!! (But after that, remember to exercise to lose the extra kg gain)
Stay Happy & Smile Always!