Do This To Release Anxiety
Anxiety is paralyzing. A full on anxiety attack can make us feel like we are prisoners of our own mind. While there is no “one size fits all” solution, I want to offer you a simple three step process that works for me when I’m quite frankly, flipping the F out.
Step One: Write it Out
Get all of those anxious thoughts out of your head and onto paper. Your thoughts need an outlet. Right now all they are doing is swirling around in your mind, so of course you feel anxious. Release yourself of that weight. You can write a couple of sentences or a couple of pages, but the most important thing is that you don’t hold back. No one is going to see this but you. It is safe to let it out. Once you’ve got it all written down, tear it up and throw it away. Let this be symbolic of the control you are taking in your life. You’re the boss, not your thoughts.
Step Two: Bring Yourself Back to the Present
How many times have you had an anxiety attack when nothing bad is presently happening to you? Picture this, you are sitting on your couch, perfectly comfortable and safe and all of a sudden you begin to panic. Thoughts flood to your mind about that meeting you have at work tomorrow to how awful that date was last night then back to the meeting like a ping pong ball. The next thing you know, you’ve spent the last hour freaking out when you could have been enjoying your evening. The truth is, we have no idea what’s going to happen tomorrow. But what we do know, is what is happening right now in this present moment so you mind as well enjoy it. Or at the very least, find comfort in the fact that you can control your present. If this is something you really struggle with, I go into a simple exercise in the worksheet below that will help you to easily bring yourself back into the present moment.
Step Three: Get in Your Body
We can, of course, blame anxiety on our mind. Typically, when we overthink things, we become worried, which ultimately creates the reaction in our body of which we call anxiety. So wait, is anxiety a mind problem? Or does it stem from the body?
Well, both! One thing we know for sure is that we can’t think our way out of anxiety. But what we can do is disrupt the body’s behavior through a different kind of movement.
Yesterday, I was having a bad day. And while I was exhausted at the end of it, I knew I had to move my body to shake out the anxious energy that was stuck swirling inside of me. I went for a walk, which helped, but what really got me was sweeping up my dog’s poop, while listening to Pitbull (Miami girl for life) .
Laugh all you want. Because I laughed too. But here’s the thing, sweeping away all the poop my dog loves to leave around the pool is mindless heavy work. It’s very physical, especially doing it in the humid Miami weather. By doing that my body releases all the negative energy it has inside.
Anxiety is built up energy inside of us that needs a release. If it doesn’t get that proper release, it will act out like a hyper eight-year-old boy. Regular prevention is always the best medicine. So take regular care of yourself, my friend.
And if you feel called to work with me one-on-one, you can always book a session with me here. I’m here to help guide you.
Much love to you,