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Tips and Tricks to Free Yourself From Anxiety

Updated: Jul 9, 2020

You don't know why, but you're feeling edgy, anxious and worried. Your mind is spinning and you feel totally out of control. To ease your mind and get your thoughts in check, why not try some of these strategies to help you feel more calm and at ease. Not all of these strategies will work for you; experiment to find out which techniques you prefer and which ones work for you.

  • State the emotion you are feeling in words. Label it, describe how it feels in your body.

  • Breathe slowly in and out for three breaths, counting to 2 breathing in and to 4 breathing out.

  • Try a guided mindfulness meditation.

  • Try a gentle distraction: find something you have been wanting to get done, and go do it!

  • If you’re imagining a negative outcome to something you are considering doing, also try imaging a positive outcome as well.

  • Go for a walk or a run.

  • Do a few yoga moves.

  • If you're feeling overwhelmed by a to-do list prioritize the list and do the first thing.

  • Clean/organize a drawer. (It will help clear your mental space too.)

  • Describe your problem to a friend and get their perspective.

  • Take a bath.

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