Hello Anxiety, My Old Friend
Three Tricks To Banish Anxiety Morning, Noon, and Night
Anxiety is like that annoying kid who shows up to every birthday party uninvited, steals your gifts, eats your cake, and seems to hide around every corner waiting to trip you, kick you, or scare the living sh*t out of you.
Anxiety may show up slightly different for everyone; maybe it’s like a hummingbird in your chest, or an electric current running through your veins, or perhaps it feels like giant hands squeezing you. However your own personal anxiety manifests, it sucks.
It is a crippling feeling that leads you to believe it will never go away. It seems to taint all of the good things in your life with rust colored lenses, leaving an impending sense of doom in its wake.
The good news is there are specific and deliberate actions you can take to quell those feelings, and keep living your life to its fullest.
Here are three tactics to tackle anxiety morning, noon and night:
- MORNING: Sing out loud
Though meditation is great, sometimes when you wake up riddled with anxiety the best thing you can do is take you mind out of the equation.
Whether you’re in your bedroom, kitchen, car, or even outside, belting out an upbeat tune can escort those anxious thoughts and feelings to the door. Blast a song on your phone, radio, or headphones and allow yourself to let go and sing along, the louder and more outrageous the better. By letting yourself be fully in the moment, without thinking, will shift your mindset.
2. NOON: Go for a run
Physical activity produces endorphins, which counteract stress, anxiety, and depression.
When you’re feeling the strong physical grip of anxiety, try putting on music, a podcast, or audiobook on your phone, then head out for a run. This will thwart those feelings within 20 minutes or less, and combining the physical action of running with the auditory distraction of music or voices is a great way to defeat both the physical and mental symptoms of anxiety.
3. NIGHT: Take a hot shower
Standing under warm water can aid in a psychological release of negative emotions and physical anxiety.
While you’re standing in the stream, focus on your feet being firmly planted on the ground, close your eyes, and take six slow, deep breaths. Try to stay in the shower until you feel the anxiety relent, and if it seems to be lasting too long, try imagining the water as a positive energy flowing over you.
There may not be an easy cure for anxiety, but there are a number of techniques you can utilize to overcome it in the moment. And when you’re in the thick of it, it’s helpful to remember that those menacing feelings will pass.It’s not your first rodeo (and it probably won’t be your last) but you’ve got this. You will get through it, and if you need a little extra daily support, The AM+PM Beauty Set are here for you too.