One thing we know for sure is we are active participants of our health and well-being. The first thing we need to do is regulate our emotions, creating a sense of stability and control. From this place we are level headed, have perspective and can make wiser choices.
In my work I have found 7 Ways You Can Ease an Anxious Mind.
1. Slow down
At the first sign of things speeding up – thoughts racing, heart pounding, breathing accelerating – move a little slower.
2. Come to your senses
Take a few moments to connect with your five senses to bring you back into the moment.
3. Do a reality check
Ask yourself, “Is this thought absolutely true?” Chances are your worst fears are just that – fears.
4. Release the critic
Interrupt the self-critic by dropping into your heart and saying, “May I learn to be kinder to myself.”
5. Lie down and look up
Look up at the sky from time to time, and watch the clouds for a natural experience of mindfulness.
As an experiment, take the day and set an intention to listen to the sounds of leaves in the wind, of kids playing, or someone speaking to you.
7. Know your triggers
What makes you anxious? If you know your triggers, you can prepare soothing practices better.
These are just tips to play with in life to help give you the chance to settle into that space between stimulus and response where choice, possibility and freedom lie.
About the Author: Elisha Goldstein, Ph.D. is a psychologist, author and speaker who synthesizes the pearls of traditional psychotherapy with a progressive integration of mindfulness to achieve mental and emotional healing.