5 Ways to Ease Stress and Anxiety

Here are five ways you can ease stress and anxiety anywhere you are!




Here you will learn five different ways to ease stress. I have suffered with anxiety my whole life and have found some ways to relieve my stress.




 

"Your goal is not to battle with the mind, but to witness the mind." - Swami Muktananda



Create Steady Rhythm of Breathing


Creating a steady rhythm of breathing can really help with stress and anxiety. Some breathing techniques you might find often are the "Nose to Mouth Breathing." The nose to mouth breathing technique is probably the most common one you might find. It is where you close your eyes, take a deep breath in through your nose and then let it out through your mouth. You then repeat the process until you feel calm.


Another breathing technique is called "Triangle Breathing." Triangle breathing is another form of the "Nose to Mouth Breathing." You first close your eyes and then draw a triangle in the air. As you draw the first line, breathe in through your nose. Hold your breathe as you draw the second line, and then let it out through your mouth as you draw the final line completing the triangle. You then repeat the process until you feel calm.




Release Tension Through Breathing


This breathing exercise calms both the mental mind and the physical body. This is best for when you are laying in bed. Start off by laying on your back, and tense up your entire body. Tense up your arms, legs, fingers, toes, stomach, neck, face, etc.

I tend to put my hands in fists to completely tense up my entire body.


Next, start at your feet. Slowly start releasing the tension from each toe as you release the stress from your life. Then, move on to your legs, then your lower and upper body, then your arms and hands. Finally move onto your head. Feel the stress melt away as you release all the tension in your body.




Create a Worry Jar


"Worry often gives a small thing a big shadow." - Swedish Proverb

Creating a worry jar is another great thing to do when stressed. Anything you are worried or stressed about, write it onto a piece of paper and put it into your worry jar. Make sure your jar has a lid so you can feel safe knowing that your worries are handled by something else now. You could set up a time once or twice a week where you open the jar and read what your worries were. If you are still worried about something, put it back into the jar. If you are not worried anymore about something, toss the paper out. Decorate your worry jar to make it suit you.




Talk to Yourself


Talking to yourself is something I find quite relaxing. When you are laying in bed and cannot sleep, start talking to yourself. Some things to talk about are what happened that day, what is going on tomorrow, talk about your fears, talk about the fears you overcame. This really helps to relax the mind and body.



Talk to Your Loved Ones


This is quite straight-forward. Your loved ones are there for you and will help you through tough times. Talk to a family member or someone you love or trust. Talk to them about your fears and worries. They will help guide you. You could also talk to a therapist about worries, fears, and stresses.




Picture Reference: https://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/ease-anxiety-and-stress-take-a-belly-breather-2019042616521