I used to have severe anxiety. Back then when it was out of control, my number one strategy was to push people away. Anxiety sucks, but anxiety coupled with loneliness is even worse.
The truth is that the more you think about anxiety and loneliness the more anxious and lonely you are going to feel. If you or someone you love is stuck in that cycle than this quick daily practice is one thing you can do to break free.
Have you ever noticed when someone makes you angry or puts you in a bad mood that your body tenses up? And when you think about someone or something you love the opposite happens, your body relaxes and opens up. There is a complex link between our bodies and minds. It’s easy to see how your mind influences your body, but we are also learning more and more about how our bodies also influence our minds. Continue reading Boost Your Mood Naturally→
People who know me know that I have spent a lot of time traveling and living overseas. There’s almost nothing I love more than being in a new place where everything is different. It is definitely not always easy, but it gives you a perspective you can’t really get in a 9-5 life.
We all experience anxiety and stress. Worry can center on relationships, money, health, work, or even things we have absolutely no control over. Those times can feel very overwhelming. Wouldn’t it be nice to have a few simple things you could do to turn down that response, letting your heart slow down and your body relax? The truth is everyone has the ability to reduce stress and anxiety. Here are some simple things you can do to unstick yourself from that old response, no matter what is going on around you. Continue reading Easy steps to turn down anxiety→
Social anxiety and shyness are not the same thing. Shyness is being uncomfortable at first in new situations, but you have the ability to warm up and be okay with that. Social anxiety is no fun. Just thinking about having to talk to or meet new people can trigger a fight or flight response when you have social anxiety. It’s the fight or flight response that creates that feeling in your chest when your heart is racing and you can’t quite catch your breath. Maybe your stomach hurts or you get sweaty. Continue reading Start overcoming social anxiety with these handy tips→
Looking for something to add to your playlist that can help you feel more calm and relaxed?
Neuroscientists from Mindlab International found listening to Marconi Union’s song Weightless reduced anxiety levels by as much as 65%. Those who participated in the research experience a slowing of their heart rate, lowered blood pressure and reduced levels of the stress hormone cortisol.
Feeling overwhelmed by stress and anxiety is a very personal experience.
In the past, when I had a lot of stress and anxiety in my day-to-day life, my stomach was always a mess. Occasionally I would even have mini panic attacks. I’ll never forget the first time it happened. I was on a business trip and had to pick up a rental car, something I had done countless times before. There I was sitting in the parking garage when all of a sudden I felt completely overwhelmed. I couldn’t catch my breath and I had a tight feeling in my chest. It was really frightening, but I was also embarrassed by my lack of control. Continue reading Fast and effective trick to beat stress and anxiety→
When clients come to see me it can be for just about any reason. Sometimes I think I’ve heard everything – that is until the next person walks in the door. But there is one thing my clients have in common. No matter what the issue, ultimately every person wants to feel calmer and more centered.
When we are calm it is easier to clear our mind, bring in peace, feel more connected and be happier. It can even lead to greater health.
We are all guilty of checking out to unwind (Facebook anyone…?) If you are looking for a way to truly calm your mind, here are some of my favorite tips to help you find some inner peace. Continue reading Find Your Calm→
The holidays are a time for peace, joy and love. For relaxing with your family. Creating wonderful memories of magical gifts and delicious meals. Everything perfect right??! Maybe not exactly.
It is easy to fall into the trap of expectations and the desire to have the ‘perfect’ Christmas. The reality of shopping, crazy relatives, running around, the extra cookies and cocktails, expectations from your family, not to mention the cost can create a lot of stress and anxiety.
Here are three important things to keep in mind this holiday season to help you feel more calm, relaxed, and able to cope with all the added stress that comes with this time of year.
Let It Go
No, I’m not encouraging you to go buy every blue Disney princess thing you can get your hands on. Trying to create the most magical holiday ever can really stress you out. It is important to acknowledge these feelings when they come up. When you start feeling overwhelmed or anxious, take a deep breath in. Christmas can be an emotional roller coaster, so try to let go of your desire for everything to be perfect.
Take it Easy
There is always so much that needs to get done. All the shopping, decorating, parties and travel. This time of year we are often so focused on buying just the right gifts and making it perfect for the people we love, it is easy to lose sight of ourselves. Often the more you try to do the worse your anxiety becomes. The best way to deal with this is to make some time for yourself. Go for a walk, take some time to stretch, have an early night and curl up with a good book or watch your favorite film. Or you could even work out. Exercise is one of the best ways to relieve stress and you don’t have to wait until the 1st to get started on your resolutions! By taking time for yourself you will be able to be more calm and happy for yourself and others.
Ask for help
You may feel like there is an expectation to be happy and keep a smile on your face. The truth is when you are feeling stressed or experiencing a lot of anxiety, this expectation can make your feelings even worse. Take the time to talk to someone about how you are feeling and what you are going through. Don’t feel like hitting every party? That’s perfectly fine, just remember to take it easy and relax.
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