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- Breath. More specifically, learn and practice belly breathing. Slowly breathe in through your nose filling your stomach with air. When you’ve inhaled as much air as you can, pause briefly for whatever time feels comfortable. Exhale through your mouth. Take a short break and repeat
- Exercise. Physical activity is the often forgotten cure for anxiety. There is overwhelming evidence that exercise boosts the mood and reduces the risk of depression. So if you are feeling stressed, go and work out for a little bit. You don’t necessarily have to go to the gym, anything that raises your heart rate and makes you break a sweat counts.
- Share. Talk to someone to feel better. Ideally to a friend or a family member. But if you are not ready to share with them, there are many support groups and professionals you can talk to. Or even having a positive talk with yourself will help. Try saying phrases like “I will get through this” or “This feeling will pass” to yourself.
- Say thank you. Become aware of the good things that exist in your life. Start a gratitude journal and write down a few things you are grateful for every day. You can have a look at this list when you start to get anxious again.
- Switch off. Checking social media and looking at all the pictures of people having fun and enjoying life doesn’t always help. If they are more likely to just make you jealous and even more anxious – log out. Same goes for films and shows that make you anxious – turn the TV off!
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