My heart is racing. Palms are sweaty. I’m slightly nauseous. Don’t talk to me or you might get yelled at. I can’t focus. Heart is beating fast. I can’t catch my breath. I feel like a ton of bricks is on my chest. My stomach hurts. My heart is still pounding. Ahhhhh!!
This is what I go through when anxiety hits. I’m calm one minute and then the next I’m falling down a hole I can’t seem to come out of.
Anxiety is real. For me my triggers are stress, flying alone, job interviews or the moment before giving a big presentation. It’s no fun but I’m learning to live with it. If you are one who struggles with anxiety too here are a few things that I’ve adopted to fight it off.
Breathing is the most important thing. I don’t have full panic attacks but there are moments where I can seem to catch my breath because my heart is pounding so fast. In order for me to bring it back down I have to focus on my breath.
Breathe in for 3-5 counts and out the same. Focus. Concentrate on slowing down and grounding yourself. Once you gain control of the situation your well on your way!
Meditation is great for relieving anxiety. When I meditate it’s not about humming, it’s about intention setting. If you need a little help check out Faith Hunter’s Meditation Challenge. Take these tips with you where ever you go.
Slip away into the bathroom at work or pop in your headphones as you sneak out for lunch to calm yourself down.
I don’t know about you but for me with anxiety comes tightness in my chest. It literally feels like someone is tugging on my heart in two different directions while an elephant is sitting on it. Yikes!
To relieve this it is important for me to do something physical. Running works the best! It allows me to just let everything out and I feel so much better afterwards.
If I’m not in a place where I can run, i’ll jog in place or do a few jumping jacks to release the tension.
Face it and Let it Go!
One of the hardest things about anxiety is the fact that you’re trying to avoid whatever is making you anxious. Trying your best not to think about it. This can often make it worse.
Face it! Allow all the thoughts to come in freely. Examine them. Think about every possibility and declare to yourself that everything is okay.
Writing also helps for me. Just getting all my thoughts out on paper and then I’m done. There’s nothing to worry about.
Let. It. Go!
I know it’s a lot easier said than done. Anxiety sucks! But it will pass and you will get through it!
What are some ways you fight off anxiety?!