Tip #1 - Spend time in nature
Science shows that spending time in nature can reduce anxiety by activating your parasympathetic nervous system, bringing you back to a calm physical and mental state. Being in nature is grounding. Next time you feel overwhelmed, go for a walk in the park, feel your breath slow down and notice how your body feels as it starts to relax.
Tip #2 - Talk
Talking through problems can help you feel heard and validated. Support from friends and family can make a world of difference to your state of mind and wellbeing. If you feel overwhelmed, talk to a trained professional who will help you create an effective treatment plan and work through your emotions and anxiety issues to get you back on track.
Tip #3 - Get Creative
Tapping out the thoughts of anxiety by putting your focus into something creative will transport you into a state of mind scientists refer to as flow. When in flow, your mind loses track of time, and you remain present. It is a superb mindfulness and relaxation tool. When feeling anxious, grab some art materials; start painting, drawing, dancing, singing, writing, or get lost in the garden. These can all make a positive difference to your wellbeing.
Tip #4 - Exercise
Just 20 minutes of exercise a day has been proven to lower stress and anxiety by releasing endorphins, the feel good hormone. This perk in the chemical balance in your brain can help give you an instant pick me up, reducing pain and increasing energy and concentration. Research shows that regular exercise keeps your mind and body healthy and improves mental and physical fitness.
Tip #5 - Touch
Touch is something that many of us are deprived of. Touch makes your mind release oxytocin, the happiness and bonding chemical in your brain. Not only does it feel good, but it will also reduce anxiety, improve self-esteem, and help with emotional and physical pain. So grab your partner, friend, family, pet or neighbour's pet and give them a good squeeze.
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