How many times have you heard “I can’t wait to dust off my heels and go out to a bar again.” We have spent the last year looking ahead to freedom. Looking forward to partying like it’s 1999! Or not.
Most of us have an uncomfortable relationship with change. We are human, creatures of habit, and re-entry anxiety is real.
Anxiety is awful, and I know firsthand how debilitating it can be. But believe it or not it doesn’t have to ruin your life.
Using different techniques to help combat anxiety is a great way to have your own personalised battle plan to regain control of your life.
One of the biggest things to note with anxiety is that it happens to everyone at some point in
their lives. You are not alone in this journey.
With the right skills and lifestyle changes, you can better regulate your emotions and train your
brain to view life with a more balanced, less fearful perspective.
Here’s how to relieve anxiety naturally:
Deep Breaths –
Taking deep breaths is the quickest way to regulate your relaxation response, lower your blood pressure and heart rate. Regulating your breathing can help bring much needed perspective to any situation. There are many variations to try, including this simple exercise: Inhale deeply for a count of 4, hold your breath for a count of 4, exhale for a longer count than your inhale. Repeat several times.
Take your time-
Go at your own pace and say ‘yes’ to things only if you feel comfortable. For example, meet one friend first then build on it so that socialising in the new normal becomes more natural again.
Get Moving –
Exercise is one of the best anxiety remedies, immediately and long term.
Going for a walk with a buddy creates a diversion from your worries and releases muscle tension. Or grab your headphones or earbuds on your way out as studies show that listening to music brings its own calming effects.
Long term, regular exercise triggers the release of feel-good chemicals in the brain, building up resilience against toxic emotions. It boosts your confidence and your mood, and you don’t need to run a marathon to feel the benefits. Just 20 minutes will do the trick!
Grab a cuppa –
If you’re feeling tense, pour a cup of chamomile or green tea. Known as a sleep aid,
chamomile’s sedative effects can help reduce stress and anxiety. Green tea, long used in
Chinese medicine to treat depression, contains the amino acid L-theanine, which relieves
stress, and reduces blood pressure and muscle tension. Nuts, whole grains, and broccoli are
also rich in L-theanine.
Talk about your anxiety with a friend or a coach. Talk about your feelings. It’s so important to speak your feelings out to someone you trust and who can provide that support.
Written by Pinky and Mollie