TIPS TO STOP ANXIETY AND STRESS - FOR REAL!
The reality is; stress affects all of us, and at one point in your life, you’ll feel anxious. Whatever the cause – a looming deadline, office politics, relationship drama – try to remember there’s always a way through it, even if it doesn’t feel that way at the time.
WHAT IS ANXIETY?
Anxiety is a psychological condition that elicits a physiological response in the body. It’s most commonly felt as worry, nervousness, or unease. Everyone faces stressful situations, but if the stress is ongoing or affecting your sleep, mood, then this is often considered an anxiety disorder.
CAUSES OF ANXIETY
Perfectionism: “Perfectionism and anxiety go hand-in-hand. It can be both a cause and symptom of anxiety. Perfectionists believe they can never be good enough, and that unfortunate or difficult circumstances are the result of their own flaws.
Trauma and big life changes: “Past or recent trauma, whether it be physical, mental, or emotional, can trigger both acute and chronic anxiety. Things that have the power to rattle our sense of self and stability, such as a medical illness and relationship breakdowns.
Learned behavior: “If we grow up around anxious adults, we can develop a learned behavior, whereby we respond to events and circumstances.
EXERCISES TO REDUCE STRESS
SHIFT YOUR MENTAL STATE:
“Take out a piece of paper and draw a line down the middle to make two columns. In the first column write out as many answers as possible to the following question: I feel anxious when I believe _____________. In the second column write out as many answers as possible to the following question: I feel confident and relaxed when I believe.
SHIFT YOUR FOCUS ON ENERGETIC BODY :
To shift into your energetic body, you need to move only a few inches: from your head to heart. When you feel anxious or worried, take both hands and place them on your heart, and then take ten deep breaths
SHIFT YOUR PHYSICAL STATE :
Move your body or change your environment in some way. Step outside the office for ten minutes or go for a walk in the evening when you get home.
We hope you enjoyed reading and will try these exercises to reduce your stress level and be happy.