Five Tips For a More Relaxed You
How much time do you spend worrying? During the day do those little voices nag you? And at night does it take you a while to go to sleep as you wonder what you could have done better during the day and worry about what you need to do tomorrow? Many clients come to me with anxiety, but I find that anxiety is often caused by worry so let’s address that issue.
Basically, there is no point in worrying. It doesn’t achieve anything. So, how can we prevent it? Here are my five top tips for overcoming worry.
- The Power of LIsts Psychologist Dr David Cohen credits to-do-lists with keeping his life under control. He believes people like the lists because they help to reduce anxiety (or worry) by bringing some order into the chaos of everyday life and they demonstrate what we have actually achieved that day. And that is a mental boost in itself. Obviously, the trick is not to be over ambitious with your list writing, otherwise you’ll have a list of incomplete tasks. Another tip is to make your list for tomorrow the night before. In this way you’re already preparing for the day ahead. Those thoughts won’t keep racing around your mind as you’ve put them down on paper and can now rest easy.Try it and see.
- Deep Breathing It is amazing how beneficial something as simple as deep breathing can be. And, as the yoga instructors will tell you, breathe right down into your abdomen as well as your chest. Some of the benefits include; stress management (especially if you count to 10), improvements to the immunity system, helping to eliminate toxins, improving digestion, increasing your energy and lowering blood pressure. Make it part of your daily routine and notice the benefits.
- The Happy Hormones Released Through Exercise As you exercise, hormones called endorphins are released. I call these the Happy Hormones. The endorphins react with receptors in your brain and reduce your feeling of pain. They also generate a positive feeling and raise your mood level. So, go outside (the fresh air is wonderful) and exercise whether it be walking, running, riding a bike, or whatever another way you enjoy. Do it in company and it will be even more beneficial. Ask me why.
- Meditation and the Benefits of a Quiet Mind There are various techniques for doing meditation and many options are available online. One method is to relax the body by tightening and releasing the muscles slowly from toes to head. Another is to simply sit in a quite space and let your thoughts drift away. This is basically housekeeping as our minds become cluttered and by giving ourselves this time and space we manage to do some de-cluttering. Another way is to join a yoga class that includes meditation. Whatever you choose you will find the benefits far outweighs the time spent if it becomes part of your daily routine.
- Emotional Freedom Technique This is also known as EFT or tapping. It is sometimes referred to as psychological acupressure. It is a means of relieving physical and mental discomfort by tapping (or hitting) specific pressure points on the head and upper body. There is a process involved where the specific issue needs to be identified and addressed before the tapping process starts. However, once mastered this is a simple and non-invasive means of addressing areas of pain or anxiety. Let me know if you’d like some detailed references for this technique.
The above five tips are just an overview of how you can better look after yourself on a daily basis and reduce that worry overload. However, the advice to not overthink it is probably the topper.
That and ‘Look after yourself”. None of us are perfect and we’re all just doing our best to enjoy each day as it comes and be grateful for what you have.