We’re not often taught in life how to manage stress and anxiety. Yet it’s something many of us deal with on a day-to-day basis. At times it can feel like it gets into the driving seat of one or more parts of your life. It’s understandable, life happens like that.
Watch this video to learn one way of how to manage stress and anxiety you may be feeling.
You’ll learn what stress and anxiety are, why it happens and a simple exercise you can do to get back in the driving seat of your life. I also talk about why many of us are experiencing increased anxiety levels during the coronavirus pandemic and lockdown.
The exercise on how to manage stress and anxiety develops your heart, mind and soul fitness
It does that by raising your self-awareness. As you do the exercise, I would like you to do it with a hefty dose of self-compassion for yourself rather than harsh judgement.
This exercise is not meant as a means for you to judge yourself as doing something wrong, not being good enough or to be self-critical. It is meant to nourish your heart, mind and soul.
If you have a clinical diagnosis of anxiety, please read this
The exercise mentioned here can help. But if you think it might raise a lot of emotions which are incredibly unpleasant, overwhelming and you have little to no control over them, then I recommend you do the exercise with the support of a qualified practitioner who has experience of supporting people who experience anxiety. Particularly if you have never done such an exercise before.
Additional support when doing this exercise
You can also do the following whether or not you have a clinical diagnosis of anxiety.
1. Hold a favourite object which reminds you of the here and now. The purpose of this is to keep you anchored in the present time. So as you do the exercise, you know that ultimately you are in the here and now.
2. You can time bound the exercise and just do it for 1-2 minutes for a start. It’s ok to do the exercise in stages over a period of time rather than all in one go.
You are in charge of you
The exercise in this video can help you take healthy control of stress and anxiety, learn from it and be in charge of you.
In watching this video, you acknowledge that you take full responsibility for your emotional wellness and wellbeing, and any decisions you take as a result of watching it.
How to manage stress and anxiety so you can get back in the driving seat of your life
The video is 45 minutes long and I use slides to give a visual of what I’m saying. So grab a cuppa, sit back, relax and enjoy the video!As we do physical fitness for our bodies, what about fitness for our hearts, minds and souls? They need nourishing exercise too. Here's one to help you manage any #stress and #anxiety you may be feeling #wellness… Click To Tweet
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