When we feel stressed out or anxious it can be really easy to get caught up in our thoughts.
Quite often the best thing to do is get out of our heads, and bring our focus to our bodies instead.
Here are 3 things you can try to shift the focus to your physical body to help calm you down when you’re feeling anxious or stressed.
Move your body
Getting some physical exercise is one of the best things you can do when you’re feeling stressed.
When we move our bodies we get a rush of all sorts of feel-good hormones that makes us happier and more relaxed. There’s also the feeling of satisfaction that comes from pushing yourself a bit and knowing you’re getting physically stronger.
If you can get out and exercise in the fresh air then you’ll get even more benefits.
The natural light and surroundings of your local park for example have been shown time and time again to give us a boost and lower feelings of stress and anxiety.
If you’re in a situation where you can’t just go for a walk in the park or head to the gym, then try standing still instead.
Find a quiet spot where you can stand still and just focus on something. It might be that you clench and unclench your fists, focusing on how it feels to tighten and relax your muscles. Or you could try focusing on your feet. Notice how they feel in the shoes you’re wearing, or how the ground feels underneath them.
When you focus fully on something like this, there’s no space for your mind to worry and you should feel less stressed.
If you’re feeling stressed, anxious, or just a bit ‘off’ but you’re not sure why, then check in with yourself.
Are you hungry or thirsty? It might be as simple as your body needing a glass of water to start feeling better.
It could also be that you’re tired and need a rest, or possibly actually in need of physical activity if you’ve been sat at your desk all day.
Take a bit of time and check in with your basic needs to make sure they’re being met. If they’re not then do what you can to eat well, rehydrate and get enough sleep.
What do you tend to do to help yourself when you’re feeling stressed or anxious?
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