5 ways to manage anxiety
- May 14, 2019
- Maureen Hayden
Over the last few years I have learnt ways to help with my anxiety and at times when I feel as if I am not in control I remember my self help tools. Education is key, and the more you know about yourself the more you can choose to help yourself….it is a option…….
So let me give you 5 methods you can use to try and manage (not cure) your anxiety that I have tried and tested and prove very helpful to me.
1) Prepare yourself – If it is a new situation, plan ahead and try to be as organised as you can to minimise unnecessary stress. If its a new destination than plan before hand, charge up your phone, set the details in google maps etc (just one example) Dont leave things last minute until you are panicking ….give yourself time to be prepared in a timely manner.
2) Check in with someone – There is nothing wrong with leaning on a friend if you need to. When I am having one of my down/off days I have a couple trusted, sister friends who I will check in with. For me it means I will let them know how I am currently feeling. They will either let me know they are thinking of me, will offer encouragement or even a short prayer of hope.
Please also remember if you don’t have close friends who you can confide in remember there are loads of helpline numbers (will leave some details below) of trained people who will have a listening ear. None of us are alone, and help is all way’s their if we need it.
3) Take a step back and take a deep breath – Learn to stop and….BREATH ! Whilst your mind and head is going 1000 miles ahead of you….learn to just stop. take a few moments to just focus on breathing, relaxing your mind and trying to take back a bit of control.
4) Open space – Go for a walk, get some fresh air, look at the nature and the beauty around you. Dont focus on the anxiety, as often, I feel my brain completely exaggerates my thought process, causing, panic, fear , more anxiety and a whole load of other emotions to accompany it. Even a short walk can make you feel so much better, and you can do it alone. Dont feel you need company to do so…be comfortable in your own company. We all need time out right ? Alone time in the right way is good for us all.
5) Organisation – Don’t leave things to the last minute, learn to manage your time and have things in order the best way you can. For example I try to set out all my daughters school clothes for the whole week on the Sunday so I am not adding to the pressure early in the morning. I am still no doubt rushing out the door especially with a 5 year old…but its that little bit easier being prepared.
Think of how you can manage your time better and be more prepared…you will be surprised how much it will help !
Below are a few helpline numbers you can call and seek advice from…nothing to be ashamed of. If you need hep and support, take it!!!!!
Please feel free to hover and click on the below links
Samaritains – Samaritians contact number and email
(They have a 24 hour line and have the option for email too, so worth checking out)
Anxiety Uk – Anxiety UK website
A list of mental health numbers – List of mental health contact details