How to Manage Anxiety
With the endless demands of daily life and pressures placed on our time and energy, it’s no wonder that anxiety can sneak up on us and take hold before we get a chance to breathe. If you occasionally find yourself feeling low level anxiety, or you want some tips as to how to manage it, read on. If you regularly suffer from anxiety, or it’s affecting your daily life, please make an appointment to see your GP or other healthcare professional.
Breathing is an effective way to reconnect with your body, and can be helpful in reducing anxiety symptoms. When anxiety is taking hold, take a moment to pause and focus on your breathing. There are many techniques that can help you focus on your breath, including the square technique, in which you breathe in for four, hold for four, exhale for four, hold for four. At each point, make sure you concentrate fully on your breath and body, noting how your chest and abdomen rise and fall.
Concentrating fully on the task at hand can help manage overwhelm and anxiety. Instead of eating at your desk, take time to sit away from work, focusing fully on the food in front of you - its appearance, texture and taste. Eat slowly and mindfully, savouring the sensations.
It’s all about you
Focusing on yourself in a hectic world can feel counter-productive, but it actually helps to reduce stress and anxiety, allowing you the freedom and space to offer more of yourself when tasks require. Carve out time in your routine to go for a walk, have bath, or read a book. It doesn’t need to be hours; simply taking a brisk walk can be beneficial for your physical and psychological health.
You are not alone
Be honest with family and friends; you may be surprised at how supportive they are. As always, please seek professional help if you are having difficulty managing any mental health issues.