I’ve had anxiety for as long as I can remember, and over the years I’ve tried just about everything you can think of to quell and calm the bouts of overwhelm and negativity that can sometimes “take over”. What I’ve learned is that anxiety is often present (for me) when there is some action that my mind is urging me to take that I have not yet taken. Here are 3 quick tips for taking small but meaningful actions, and moving forward in the face of anxiety…..
- Get up and get moving. If you start the day feeling anxious the best thing you can try to do is MOVE. If you’re able to move your body you will be able to move some thoughts, too. It doesn’t need to be anything fancy, even a 5-10 minute walk can completely change your mindset.
- Check in with the anxious thoughts you’re having using mindfulness and curiosity, try not to label the thought. Really slow down, check in and ask yourself: “Is this thought true? How does this thought make me feel? What is the message of this thought?” Consider writing down what you’re feeling, recording a voice memo or engaging in some other cathartic process that brings you clarity on the message behind your thoughts.
- Do something kind for someone else. I know this sounds cheesy, but it works! When we take a moment to do something for someone else it helps take our mind off of our own worries and concerns and might even bring us a sense of calm and clarity to revisit whatever is troubling us later on.
Next time the anxiety train enters your head space, I hope you can lean on some of these tools for relief. If you’re interested in learning more about mindfulness and emotional intelligence and how these skills bolster and support mental health, schedule your FREE 1/2 hour discovery session: https://evolvecoachinginternational.com/services/.