Are you feeling Anxious?

Are you feeling Anxious?

{Follow up to podcast}

You may not be diagnosed with any of the anxiety disorders I mentioned in the podcast, but what happens if you are just bogged down with every day bullshit. You might have physical reactions to anxiety and stress such as dizziness, muscle tension or pain, restlessness, sleeplessness, trouble concentrating, racing heartbeat, fast breathing, shaking or trembling, stomachache, diarrhea, loss of energy, sweating, cold, clammy hands, chest pain and dry mouth.

Sometimes breathing techniques are an amazing way to stop mild anxiety dead in its tracks. The 4-7-8 technique is amazing when it comes to slowing the racing heart and muscle tension. Take a breath to the count of 4, hold it for the count of 7 and breathe out to the count of 8. Do this for about a minute or two and you should notice some changes in the way you are feeling.

Another thing that I found helps so many of my clients is meditation. I talked about iRest meditation on the podcast, and I stand by that. Guided meditations are great for people who don’t exactly know what they should be doing and feel awkward sitting around finding their zen. They help by keeping your brain tasked with following along, giving it little opportunity to think about all of those thoughts that keep you in a state of anxiety. When it comes to meditation, it isn’t so much about keeping the brain “quiet” as much as it is about recognizing that you are having a thought, you don’t judge that thought or why you are having it, then you let the thought pass. Try Richard Millers iRest here.

So much of why we have anxiety is because we are either thinking about the past… things we should have, could have or would have done differently or we are worried about future events (most that never actually come to fruition). This is why mindfulness is so critical. If we spend all of our time and energy on thoughts (about actions, events, things) that then we can’t enjoy the moments we are encountering in the present. Stay present in what you are doing and what you can actually control. If you can’t do anything about something, why waste your energy being worried about it? That is an egregious waste of energy.

Anxiety can control you or you can take control of it. Having the right tools can make all the difference in the world. You are never too busy to take time to care for yourself. So, take about 30 minutes out of your busy day and meditate.


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