Recently, I have been really struggling with stress management and anxiety levels, all of which seem to be triggered from the smallest of situations. I’ve found ‘mindfulness’ is a good way to manage these levels in a calm and natural way.
My health and mental health are extremely important to me and when I feel anxiety creeping up on me I always take a conscious effort to the following:
- Relax in a dimly lit room with candles
- Have a warm bath and relax with candles
- Keep a notepad/journal of my feelings and any noticeable patterns and any emotional triggers
- Take regular walks and breaks from your daily routine
- Make plans to keep yourself busy
- Read an interesting and educational book to keep your mind occupied
- There are lots of free, mindfulness and calming podcasts that are up to 2 minutes that you can listen to first thing in the morning to start off your day on a positive note or even before you go to bed to send you to sleep in a calming mood.
- A list of podcasts to listen to when you are feeling stressed – a great list is here.
- Breathing exercises, my favorite being the ‘Take 5’ which I have detailed below for you:
- Close your eyes and listen to your breathing
- Hold your palm out facing upwards resting and your thigh or anywhere comfortable
- Take a deep breath in and then breathe slowly outwards, as you do close one finger
- Repeat the above until all of your fingers have been closed and your Take 5 has been completed
- You can repeat this 2-3 times a day on different occasions
I find the above exercise really helps me just literally take a few minutes to myself if I am feeling particularly overwhelmed or stressed out and once complete I feel refocussed in the present situation and feel much calmer in terms of stress levels and anxiety.
If you really take the time to take care of yourself and find methods, routines and anything that you think will help your stress levels you will find any anxiety or stress slightly more manageable to help you have a brighter, better day!
Suffering from mental health symptoms, stress or anxiety can make you feel so alone and I feel that this is a personal battle that a huge majority of the population actually suffer from and sadly not enough people speak out about their feelings due to judgment.
If you are suffering from high anxiety, try some of my personal stress management practices however if you feel that your current anxiety levels need further, professional attention then please do speak out and seek help.
Everybody is there to support you 100% and you are not alone!
Hoping my advice offers some insightfulness for you and helps you learn methods of calming your anxiety.