Have you ever felt stressed, restless, worried, irritable, or fatigued?
If so, you may be experiencing symptoms of anxiety.
Don’t worry, though. Everyone experiences some form of anxiety during their lifetime.
But, while everyone experiences anxiety, there is a large difference between general anxiety and a clinically significant disorder. Those diagnosed with an anxiety disorder may face challenges from their anxiety that can disrupt the way they function daily.
Finding a way to help deal with anxiety or its symptoms can be challenging, especially if you’ve tried several methods and haven’t found the right one for you. However, incorporating some way to combat anxiety into your day is essential to helping reduce the amount of it that you experience.
Mindfulness, the act of being in the present moment, is a great way to help reduce anxiety in any form. Practicing mindfulness is not as hard as you might think, though. It can be incorporated into a daily routine easily; you also don’t have to have a lot of time or energy to participate in it.
Here are a few examples:
1. Establish a Routine
When bringing mindfulness into your day, the first thing you should do is establish a routine, especially a morning one. When you first wake up, practicing mindfulness can help you reduce any anxiety you have about your day. Journaling is one way to do this. Grab a pen and notebook, allotting time each morning to write for at least 15 minutes. During this time, you can write about anything that you want! Some examples are writing about the things that stress you out, what you are grateful for, or what you hope to accomplish during your day.
2. Take a Deep Breath
Breathing exercises are some of the most beneficial mindfulness activities. It can help reduce your anxiety by allowing you to ground yourself and avoid panic, some of the goals of mindfulness. A common way to incorporate breathing exercises into your routine is to practice deep breathing. If you’re feeling stressed, follow these steps to reduce your anxiety:
Stop what you’re doing and take a break.
Inhale through your nose for eight seconds and exhale the same way.
Repeat this action several times.
Once you begin to feel less anxious, you can stop. This is a great way to reduce your anxiety quickly, especially if you experience panic symptoms.
3. Get Active
Leading a sedentary lifestyle can be consuming, especially if you don’t frequently exercise. It’s a commonly known fact that being active can significantly improve your mental health. For example, yoga is a mindfulness practice that can help you physically and mentally healthy.
4. Try Different Types of Meditation
Like deep breathing, other forms of mindfulness can help with anxiety. And while technically, all meditation can reduce anxiety and other similar symptoms, some ways may work best for you over others.
So, are you ready to start living with less anxiety by practicing mindfulness?
Another great way to learn more about mindfulness is and ways to reduce your anxiety is by going to therapy. The staff at Kentucky services are trained in different types of anxiety-reducing techniques, along with other therapies that can help you with whatever you may be struggling with. Reach out to us today to schedule an appointment.