In this current time of uncertainty, fear and worry, feeling anxious is completely understandable. Worrying about work, finances, study, being stuck at home, etc, etc, etc, the list can seem endless and overwhelming. I’ve felt so disconnected and unsure lately with this underlying anxiety of not knowing what’s going on or what’s going to happen. I like to know what’s happening and struggle with this lack of control at the moment. To help me let go and feel grounded and centred in myself while everything around me is subject to change I find it so important to come back to certain practices and rituals. This will look different for everyone here’s my favourite ways to ground when I feel anxious, I hope some of these can help you.
Yoga, running, dancing whatever it is you want to do just do it. Movement can help us get out of our heads and into our bodies – experiencing sensations rather than thoughts. Plus, endorphins are an awesome way to help give you a bit of a boost. Try to avoid really strenuous activity as it can raise adrenaline and make you feel more anxious.
Taking time to actively become aware of how much your mind is thinking and providing space for you to let go of some of them can be a great way to reduce anxiety. A little mental declutter.
Do the things that bring you home, the things that you enjoy, the things that make you feel most like you. Painting, knitting, cooking, woodwork, whatever it is do it. Get lost in that thing and let your mind have a bit of a break.
Eat lots of vegetables. What we eat affects our body and mind so be careful what you feed your mind with when you feel anxious. Eat well but eat what you enjoy. Don’t feel guilt about food and try to listen to what your body and mind needs, it knows.
Get those thoughts out of your head. Talk to a friend, family member, neighbour, support group, whoever it is just make sure you talk. You are not alone and others probably can relate more than you realise. At the very least journal – get your thoughts down on a page and you can often make a lot more sense of them!
Take time to remember the good, what makes you happy, how lucky you are, all the positive stuff you are surrounded by. Be grateful for the anxiety. It means you are alive and you feel and you care. It will pass.
Spending time outside in nature is a great way to reconnect with the Earth and realise the magnitude of everything around us. Reminding us that we are one small part of this world and there is so much out there.
Maybe my favourite practice of all. Close your eyes. Take 5 breaths – inhaling for a count of 4 and exhaling for a count of 6. Magic. If you don’t believe me you haven’t tried it.
Is there anything else you’d add to this list? Please share below.