We all get anxious from time to time. It's natural. However, sometimes anxious
thoughts take over, leaving us paralyzed with doubt and worry. Using these nine
tips can help you quiet your anxious mind.
1. Stop and Pay Attention to Your Body
When you feel those familiar feelings arise within you, stop and listen to your
body. Where does the stress show up? Where do you feel the tension? Do you
feel ill in your stomach or chest? Make a conscious effort to breathe slowly.
2. Challenge Your Anxious Thoughts
It is common to have angry, anxious, or irrational thoughts. Most of these
thoughts often center on what you perceive as worst-case scenarios. Counter
these thoughts with questions such as 'how likely is this to happen?' or 'is this
a rational thought?'
Notice how your breath grows shallow when you are anxious. The shallow
breaths trigger the fight-or-flight mechanism in your brain. It's a good idea to
practice breathing techniques regularly, so you will be in the habit when you
really need them.
4. Decide on One Action You Can Do Right Now
Taking action is the best way to combat anxious thoughts that paralyze you.
What specific action can you take toward solving the issue that worries you?
Now do it.
5. Tidy Up Your Home or Desk
Clutter causes anxiety to increase in us all. Why not combat it one pile at a
time? For example, while waiting for your coffee to brew, sort through a stack
of papers on your desk. Spending 5-10 a day results in 35-50 minutes a week—
and a cleaner house or desk.
6. Schedule Time to Think about What Makes You Anxious
Let yourself have 15 minutes each week to let your mind unleash its worry. If
anxious thoughts arise outside of this time, tell yourself you will listen to those
thoughts at the scheduled time. This gives you back control.
7. Make Relaxing a Priority
Anxious minds need rest and relaxation. Make relaxation a priority. Read a
good book. Take a nap. Meditate. Binge-watch your favorite sitcom series.
Take a hike. Do what makes you feel relaxed. Your body's central nervous
system will enjoy the reboot and better prepare you for future anxious times.
8. Get the Right Amount of Sleep
Giving your body the right amount of sleep cannot be understated. Sleep
deprivation will cause you to focus on negative thoughts. It will affect your
physical and mental health. Determine the best amount of sleep for your body
and do everything possible to get it. Make your bedroom a haven.
9. Break Out the Crayons and Coloring Books
It sounds childish, but coloring can work wonders to relax your mind and
change your focus. Choose your favorite coloring book, and get started next
time you feel a little anxious.
Join in on the Success: 30 Day Challenge.
Listen to The Strangest Secret every day for 30 days. Take notes, write out your thoughts, your dreams, your goals, and your feelings that come up.
Come back at the end of the month and see how your life has changed.