Feeling anxious?  I run into this a lot with my coaching clients.  With the crazy, busy lifestyles we all live these days, it’s not surprising.  When you have 5 places to be between 4:00 and 8:00, not to mention dinner, homework, etc. how can you not feel anxious? Reflections, Moat Castle Loevestein

Next time you feel that tightness in your chest or the beginning of panic in your mind, give a few of these ideas a try:

  1. Slow down.  When you are anxious, your heart rate speeds up along with your breathing.  So stop for a minute or two and take 3 to 5 long, deep and slow breaths.  If possible, close your eyes.  This small pause is sometimes enough for you to catch your breath and get yourself back on track.
  2. Define what you are anxious about.  Is it true?  Are you worrying about something that just “might” happen or “might” be true?  Is it something you can’t change?  Then maybe it’s time to let it go.  A simple example (I know you might be worrying about something much bigger, but often it’s these small things that push us over the edge):  you are going to be late to an appointment because you’ve been rushing around all afternoon or are over scheduled.  Is there anything you can do to be on time?  If not, call ahead and let whomever you are meeting know and then cover up your clock.  You are going to be late regardless so quit focusing on how late you are and just get to where you need to go safely.
  3. Distraction.  Break the cycle if you can by reading a good book, going for a quick walk, or even just doing a small project you’ve been putting off.  Just getting yourself out of your head and into something else can often make a world of difference.
  4. Smell some calming scents. There are many lovely essential oils that can calm you down.  I put together a lovely little blend that I keep in my purse for times I need to stop anxiety.  It contains lavender, bergamot, clary sage, geranium and roman chamomile.  It’s heavenly.  If you are interested in essential oils, check out my Young Living Website or just shoot me an email – I love to talk oils!
  5. Do something nice for someone else. This might seem odd, but it really works.  Taking yourself away from your own issues and focusing on someone else will help you start to feel less anxioius.   That’s kind of the point though – pay attention to the other person – don’t just do it mindlessly.  Looking for some easy ideas?  Here are some I’ve shared in the past.

What do you do to calm yourself down when anxiety rears its ugly head?  Have you found something that works wonders?  Please share in the comments – you could really help someone else out!

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