With daily life becoming more stressful and anxieties through the roof, you're not alone in looking for anxiety relief techniques. From anxiety rings to mindfulness, there are simple and effective ways to be more mindful on a day to day basis.
Being more mindful of your own body and your surroundings is a wonderful way to boost both your mental and physical wellbeing. Whilst we preach the benefits of yoga and meditation, sometimes situational anxieties and stresses can become overwhelming. Here are some top-tips for what to do when anxiety strikes.
- Stretch and mindfully move your body when you wake up. Doing some simple stretches and getting your body moving has been shown in studies to help energise and keep you in the present moment.
- Drink water. It’s that simple but most people don’t drink enough which can lead to lethargy and a cloudy mind. Especially important is a glass of water before breakfast. Make sure to take regular drinks breaks or a refillable bottle wherever you are.
- Journaling is a great way to register what is happening in your mind, adding invaluable perspective, purpose and presence.
- Deep breaths or “box breathing” can help clear the mind. It is also a great tool to use when anxiety and stress strikes.
- Really chew your food. Appreciate the taste and texture of your meals. Mindful eating will connect you to the present moment and help you notice smaller and more meaningful details throughout your day.
- Get outside. Connect yourself to the outdoors. Not only will it help you move your body but if you can focus on your senses, you will be more mindful in your day-to-day life.
- Focus on the present. Have a grounding tool you can use at times of anxiousness. It will help you regain your focus on the present.
- Go phone free. Removing the interruptions of notifications and the urge to reach for your phone will help you connect with the present and be more mindful in your thoughts and actions.
- Reflection. Schedule only a few minutes, a couple of times a day to actively check-in on your mind. Notice what tense it’s stuck in. If you’re worrying about the past or future, gently bring yourself back to the present.
- Sleep. Make your bedroom and screen free zone. Not only does the light impact on your sleep patterns but it can distract you from acknowledging your own thoughts and feelings.