As someone who has struggled with anxious feelings for over 10 years and not being influenced by these thoughts prior to this, I find it frustrating to continue to have to manage both anxious thoughts and feelings from time to time.
When these feelings present themselves what can I do?
Generally I find the following helps to improve my state:-
-Take the time to look at something beautiful – really notice and enjoy the moment…
Use all my senses to really pay attention to an item eg. flowers picked from the garden?
-Eat a balanced, healthy diet
-Walk in the countryside and connect with nature
-Keep active – walking, gardening, running, cycling, swimming
-Go to bed at a regular time, avoiding screen time before bed and prioritise sleep
-Connect with people who are aware of my challenges and empathetic, not dismissive
-Make time for meditation and/ or relaxation
-Socialise with family and friends in a familiar situation
However when there are different situations, where these routines and habits are less able to be incorporated into daily life, or extra factors need to be accommodated and this can be much more difficult.
Emotional challenges and feeling stressed can exacerbate the anxious feelings, so pacing and planning for time out to adapt and acclimatise to challenges are essential.
My primary tip!
Take time out to accept feelings and not be so hard on myself!
If this is difficult to achieve seek support. Services can be accessed via your Gp.
Alternatively a hypnotherapist can help you to change your thought processes and in turn your feelings and behaviours.
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