Anxiety will drain your emotional energy and have physical consequences. Still, before you get concerned about your anxiety, keep in mind that research has shown that a basic mindfulness exercise will help you relieve anxiety and stress.
Giving attention to everyday life and the stuff we usually run about is what mindfulness is all about. It’s about returning to your body and shutting off the volume of your head. Don’t worry, you won’t have to pay for an hour of class time or contort your body into awkward poses. You almost certainly do have everything you need to learn mindfulness. Use these techniques to incorporate small doses of mindfulness into your day to reduce anxiety and relax your mind.
Set an Intention
Your yoga instructor asks you to set an intention for your practice that day for a reason. Setting an intention will help you concentrate and remind you why you’re doing something, whether you do so in your morning diary or before crucial events. Set an aim about something that causes you fear, such as making a huge presentation at work. Before going to the gym, for example, you should make a goal to take care of your body or to handle it with respect before eating.
Doodle or Colour
Allow yourself a few minutes to doodle. You’ll get your imaginative juices going while still giving your mind a rest. Is drawing a source of anxiety for you? Invest in a colouring book, whether it’s for adults or children. You’ll get the benefit of completing a task without having to deal with a blank screen.
Go for a Walk
Being outdoors can help with anxiety. Pay heed to the noises you hear, the sensation of the breeze against your skin, and the smells you encounter. Keep your cell in your pocket (or, better yet, leave it at home) and try to remain present by concentrating on your senses and surroundings. Begin with a quick walk around the block to gauge your reaction.
Wish other People Happiness
This practise from author and former Google pioneer Chade-Meng Tan takes just 10 seconds to complete. Wish for somebody to be content at odd times in the day. It’s all in your brain for this exercise. You don’t need to convince the person; all you have to do is set the good energies in motion. Try it on the way to work, at the office, at the gym, or in line. Bonus points if you stop and (mentally) wish others satisfaction instead of being annoyed or irritated at them.
Leave your Phone Behind
Is it really necessary for you to carry your phone into the other room? When you go to the shower, what do you do? When you sit down to eat, what do you do? Put your phone away in another spot. Instead of stressing over it, take a few moments to sit and breathe before you begin feeding. In the shower, take some time for yourself and your wants. When you’re done, your phone will always be there.