As humans, we’ve all felt stressed at some point. Rushing to make a deadline, taking a test that you forgot to study for, even situations like getting stuck in traffic can stress you out! These stressors are pretty normal, they happen and most of us can handle the stress by practicing coping skills. Sometimes, however, it’s not that simple and our bodies can react to that stress in a negative way. This is called anxiety.
Anxiety can be mentally and physically draining. In some cases, medication is needed, but it is possible to alleviate anxiety with a few simple tips.
Yoga has been a long time favorite anxiety reducer. You can also use some of the fundamentals of yoga to help ease your body such as breathing deeply into your stomach. These deep breaths will steady your heart and tell your brain that you’re ok.
Use your senses. What do you see? What do you smell and taste? What can you feel? Take time to think about your surroundings. If you’re drinking or eating something, think about if it’s hot or cold, is it sweet or sour? What colors are you looking at?
Listening to upbeat music can also help especially paired with a high energy workout. Exercise will release serotonin which is a natural mood stabilizer.
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