Whether you are susceptible to anxiety or not, the current situation will no doubt bring up this emotion in some form or another. Sometimes we may notice our worries are heightened but struggle with how to deal with them effectively. There are many ways to combat anxiety when it strikes. Here are a few to try. Find ones that resonate with you and put them in your toolbox for when you need them.
Deep breathing: It may seem like such a simple thing but when we are anxious, our breathing can become shallower. Stop and take the time to breathe deeply into your diaphragm, hold the breath for a few seconds, then breathe out completely. A few of these when you are feeling anxious can make the world of difference.
Concentrate on all your senses: This has done the rounds before and is a popular technique for children to use too. Stop what you are doing and tune into your senses. What can you see, hear, smell, touch, taste? Diverting our thinking to something real and in the present moment can divert our anxiety too.
Do the pose of a child: This yoga pose is known to slow down our heart rate and to have a calming effect. Essentially it is the pose of a baby in the womb. Kneel on the floor and rest your head on the ground. Your body should be curled over itself and your palms face up at your sides. Open your knees or rest your head on your fists or on a pillow if the initial pose causes any discomfort. Relax into the pose and surrender to the serenity.
Escape reality: Tune out from your worries by focusing your attention on something else. Watch your favourite TV show or movie, immerse yourself in a book, music or a video game. Do whatever helps you escape your anxious thoughts and throw yourself into a different time, place or flow.
How do you calm yourself down when anxiety attacks?