If there’s one, particular issue that I hear about over and over again from my clients, it’s dealing with anxiety. Recently, this topic’s been coming up even more frequently during my coaching sessions and in casual conversations with friends.
It’s the season when many of us are pushing to make the most of time that feels like it’s swiftly running out. The days are shorter and our to-do lists seem longer than ever. There’s so much pressure to get everything done before January rolls in with all of its new beginnings.
Does this story sound familiar? As the new year rapidly approaches, is it starting to feel like you can’t think straight? Do you have a sense of worry, tension, or apprehension constantly lingering in the back (or front) of your mind? Are you struggling to find a moment of peace, quiet, or relaxation all day long?
If so, I’m writing this post JUST FOR YOU.
I’m no stranger to anxiety. I know how debilitating it starts to feel after a while. And when we’re right in the middle of an anxiety storm, it seems like it’s never going to end. The truth is, it won’t. Not unless you make the conscious effort to let it go and then PRACTICE doing so. So today, I’m sharing some ideas to help you do just that.
I’ve got 3 quick tools to support you in clearing anxiety plus some questions that can help you to take a definitive action towards relieving it.
When we’re anxious, there’s a ton of nervous energy coursing through our body. These techniques will help you take that energy and focus it on something more productive. The best part is, none of them take very long and are quite subtle to do. So if you don’t want anyone around you to know what you’re doing… they won’t 🙂
- Deep Breathing: Just one minute of conscious, deep breaths can be great for calming anxious nerves and relaxing the body. Every breath in is a chance to receive fresh, new air and revitalizing energy. Each breath out is an opportunity to release any tension and toxic energy.
- Movement: Anxiety can have a way of paralyzing us in our thoughts. So doing the exact opposite thing and MOVING can be just the thing to get us out of that funk. It could be as simple as going from sitting to standing, grabbing a cup of water from the kitchen, or taking a quick walk around the office/neighborhood. If you have time for an actual workout – go for it! Whatever way you decide to do it, movement will interrupt the stagnant, anxious energy and then you can replace it with something more effective.
- Grounding: There is a certain magic in connecting to the earth beneath and the world around us. Recognizing the support in your surroundings can get you out of your head and into the present. Grounding activities are a great way to do exactly that. There’s plenty of ways to ground, but one of my favorites is the 54321 method.
Here’s how it works:
Take a moment to settle into whatever space you’re in and then…
Name 5 things you see in the room/space around you
Name 4 things you can feel (“chair on my back” or “feet on floor”)
Name 3 things you can hear (“fingers tapping on keyboard” or “tv”)
Name 2 things you can smell or like the smell of
Name 1 good thing about yourself
There’s a few different spins on this 54321 technique, but this (from here) is the one that I, personally, enjoy doing.
Next time you feel that anxiety kicking in, try one (or maybe all) of these tools and see how you feel afterwards.
After testing out these techniques, you can even take it a step further with a clear-cut action to tackle the source of the anxiety. Below are a few questions/suggestions to help you take this next step.
When anxiety shows up, ask yourself:
Can I do anything about the situation?
- If so, make a list of all the things you can do. Then pick one and go do it! Just taking one step in the right direction can give you the relief you’re looking for.
- If it feels like there’s nothing you can do, ask yourself what do I need right now? What will help me feel better in/deal with this situation? Then go do that thing.
Anxiety is real. It’s scary and exhausting. And it’s ok to be scared and exhausted. But you don’t have to stay stuck in that place.
There are so many tools, exercises, and professionals available to help you take your power back. Will you give yourself the chance to take it?
Peace and blessings,
P.S. – Know anyone who might find these tools helpful? Pass it on and spread the wealth 🙂
P.P.S. – Are you feeling stuck, overwhelmed, or uninspired by your life? Is there a challenge you’re facing or goal you’d like to work towards? If you’re ready to take a bold, true leap in your life, I can help you. Click here to schedule a FREE discovery session with me.