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How To Calm Anxiety – 13 Genius Ways To Tame Anxiety

Looking for the secret to how to calm anxiety? Here are 13 genius way to tame anxiety and calm yourself down quickly.

 

 

Let’s chat about how to calm anxiety.

Once upon a time anxiety wasn’t a condition that people openly admitted they had but in today’s world anxiety is a common affliction and more people are saying YES, THAT’S ME!

I GET ANXIOUS, I STRUGGLE WITH ANXIETY TOO!

In many ways it’s not surprising that there has been a rise in anxiety diagnoses.

 

The modern world is so much more demanding and complex than our brains were designed to handle.

 

Pain is a symptom of a body that is hurting and anxiety is a symptom of a mind that is struggling to cope with it all.

Think about all the things we expect our minds to do on a daily basis.

You want everyone to like you.

You don’t ever want to be embarrassed.

 

You want everyone to like everything you say and do.

 

You don’t want anyone to hurt you in any way.

You don’t want anything to happen that you don’t like.

You want to do well and be well and dream big and yet the options are endless to do so. That’s a lot to ask of our minds. It’s no wonder that we start to feel anxious.

 

Thankfully there are a few things we can do to reduce the intensity of our anxiety with these strategies:

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1 – Go for a run.

 

Actually, it doesn’t have to be a run.

It can be any physical exercise like a yoga class, tennis match, long walk, or some good old-fashioned calisthenics.

Exercise is an effective way to burn off that extra stress and get my mind focused on something else for a while.

 

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2 – Declutter your life.

 

Clutter adds to anxiety.

So do what you can to tidy up your environment and notice how much better you feel.

Start with the rooms and areas in which you spend the most time.

Get rid of the things you no longer care for or use.  

When you declutter your personal space, at the same time you declutter your mind.

 

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HOW TO CALM ANXIETY

3 – Declutter your brain.

 

Have you ever thought about the things that take up most of your brain space?

What do you spend the most time thinking about?

Are they useful thoughts or do they just cause you to feel more stress and anxiety?

 

You need to take care of the things that are on your mind.

 

That’s because procrastination and worry create mental clutter and stress.

Trying to remember things is challenging for your brain too.

Do your best to make lists and use a calendar and alarms to ease the load on your brain.

Journal about the things you are most anxious about too.

Get everything out onto paper.

 

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4 – Spend time with your pet.

 

Pets are great for reducing anxiety.

If you have a pet (I have two cute dogs – a Doberman puppy and a King Charles Cavalier!) take some time to play with them and give them cuddles if they can.

They are so good at helping you calm an anxious mind.

 

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5 – Think about something positive.

 

This might not come naturally to you but being positive is a habit.

And to form any habit you need to PRACTICE IT on a consistent, daily basis.

Here’s the thing: you’re only anxious because you’re thinking about something that makes you anxious.

It’s true, right?

Our feelings come from your thoughts.

So, give yourself a break and think about something else for a while.

What is an alternative way that you could look at the same situation?

Be a detective and try to come up with 5 alternative thoughts that might make you feel better.

 

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6 – Change your diet.

 

Your diet can have a negative impact on your stress and anxiety levels.

So, play around with your food choices and find out what works for you.

 

 

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7 – Give yourself something to look forward to.

 

It can be a great relief to have something positive to look forward to.

I know I personally love knowing that I have something exciting planned for the coming weeks.

This means you need to plan these things.

Don’t wait for other people to invite you to an event.

You might need to take matters into your own hands.

 

 

No matter how stressed you are about life or work, knowing that you’re heading out of town for a couple of days next weekend or have a facial booked into your diary can help make things more bearable.

 

 

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8 – Distract yourself.

 

Here’s the thing: not all distractions are actually bad habits.

Reading a good book can get your mind off things.

So too will re-watching your favorite movie or playing a boardgame or trying a new restaurant.

Pick a cool distraction that you actually like.

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9 – Find a solution.

 

Have you ever considered that you can maybe solve the issue that’s creating your anxiety?

Take the time to think about what would make you feel better.

If there’s something you can do to resolve the situation, you always have the option to take action.

Try to remember this so that you know that you are always ultimately in control.

 

 

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10 – Take slow, deep breaths.

 

I know it may seem like such a simple request but pay attention to your breathing when you are feeling anxious.

Here’s the thing: your breathing naturally becomes shallow and faster when you’re stressed and anxious.

Therefore you can counteract a lot of the physical symptoms of anxiety by just slowing down your breaths and increasing the depth of your breathing.

Take a deep breath and relax.

 

 

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11 – Play the name five things game.

 

I love this quick game as it is so effective at bringing your mind back to the present.

Here’s how it goes.

Look around your environment and name five things you see.

Now, name five things you feel.

For example, “I feel the pencil in my hand. It feels smooth and warm.”

 

  • Now name five things you hear.

 

  • Smell the air and describe what you smell. Smell nearby objects until you’ve described five smells.

 

  • Go through each of your senses one by one – sight, touch, sound, smell, and taste (if you have any lingering tastes in your mouth). This is so great at bringing you back to the present moment.

 

 

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12 – Dance.

 

Sometimes we just need to get up and do something crazy like dance even if we don’t feel like dancing.

Or sing even if we don’t feel like singing.

Or jump around even if you don’t feel like jumping.

 

MOTION IMPACTS YOUR EMOTIONS.

 

So do something you don’t normally do.

Anything out of the ordinary can break your pattern and relieve some of your anxiety.

 

 

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13 – Get help.

 

Finally, if nothing seems to work, it may be time to seek professional help.

For the record there is nothing wrong with seeking help when you truly need it.

 

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All in all, sometimes you need to give both your mind and body a break by minimizing your anxiety.

 

Avoid the belief that you just have to suffer with the discomfort of anxiety.

 

That is so not true!

You weren’t born to just suffer your way through life.

Do everything you can to find relief without making your challenges worse.

If you’re unable to find a suitable solution, get help from a professional.

 

As long as you know that you do have options in life to help relieve some of your anxiety if it’s negatively impacting your life.

 

 

 

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