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Tips for helping ease Anxiety

Anxiety. That word in itself can create an unease within the body even just saying it. But reality is that a majority of people deal with some sort of anxiety, depression or panic attacks within their life.

There's no 'black and white' for what causes anxiety. What methods you use to help yourself deal with anxiety varies between person to person. What you use one time might not necessarily work the next time for you.

So in my experience it's worth while having a little 'box' of things that can help you and you can pick and choose at each time what you can try to help yourself at that time.

Heres some suggestions for you to give a go :)

Childs pose - (pictured on front of blog) A calming pose to help reduce stress. It gently stretches the muscles through the hips and thighs whilst relaxing the muscles in the back. Take the forehead to the ground and close the eyes. Allow yourself time to take long deep breaths here.

Nadi Shodhana - Alternate nostril breathing. A powerful Yogic pranayama (breathing) exercise to help balance both sides of the brain cleansing the energy channels.

In a seated position place the left hand onto your left knee in chin mudra (thumb and index finger touching). With the right hand, take the thumb to the right nostril and close, placing the index and middle finger between the brows. Inhale through the left nostril, close the left nostril with the ring finger and exhale through the right nostril. Inhale right nostril, close with right nostril with thumb and exhale through the left nostril. Repeat this from left to right between 3-5 times with the eyes closed. Once finished be sure to take a few moments to return your breath its natural rhythm.

Deep breaths - Simple yet effective. Close the eyes and breathe deeply in through the nose and exhale slowly out of the mouth.

Water - Drink a litre or 2 of it, Bathe or shower in it, Step outside and look at it, be with it, listen to it, feel it. Water has such a calming affect on our wellbeing, as well as nourishing ourselves in terms of nutrition. So if you can, drink it, feel it on your skin, swim in it take a trip to the beach, pond, lake, waterfall and bathe in its healing properties

" Water is life's matter and matrix, mother and medium. There is no life without water" ; Albert Szent - Gyorgyi, M.D., discoverer of Vitamin C

Change your situation - Are you able to step back and remove yourself from the situation causing your anxiety for 5 mins. Is it something at work sitting at your desk, are you able to go make a cup of tea? Is there someone who's in your presence could even be your children that you can step away from - Go up to your bedroom, go out to the garden and take some deep breathes, The situation may well be there when you return but giving your self some headspace can help things become a bit clearer.

Journal / Talk - Personally I have found journalling to be so helpful getting it out of my head and onto paper. I find it difficult to talk about things sometimes so this a good outlet for me. If you are someone who finds it easy to express yourself verbally then talk it out a friend, partner, parent, sibling, a support group. Someone who can be that ear to listen.

Cuddles - A beautiful way to receive some love. Can be your partner, your baby, child, your mum and friend someone to give you a squeeze and let you know your loved.

Move - roll out your yoga mat, go for a walk, something to get the blood flowing in a gentle way where you can get out of your head and into your body.

I hope this will be of help to those who experience anxiety or maybe you know someone that experiences it and you can pass along one, two or all of these suggestions.

Please let me know what works for you as well! I'm always looking to expand my tool box!

Katie xx

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