• Dr. Seima Diaz

Quick and Easy Ways to Ease Anxiety

Updated: Dec 17, 2018


So many people in the world suffer from anxiety. While anxiety is an innate emotion used to signal danger, in today's world anxiety has become much more than that. It has taken over people lives when left unmanaged for too long.


Here are some quick tips for daily living to ease anxiety and take back your wellness!


1. Express gratitude: Expressing gratitude is one of the easiest ways to instantly cultivate feelings of happiness and inner peace. This cocktail of good vibes will clear up your cloudy perspective and diminish anxiety. Grab a pen and paper (or open your notepad app on your phone) and start listing everything you're thankful for. Big and small. List it all and fell the good vibes rolling in. If you don't have time for all that, verbally identify what you're grateful for in the exact moment of life that you're in. For example. You're diving home from work in traffic and you can feel your irritability creeping in. Start telling yourself what you're grateful for in that moment. Such as "I'm grateful I have a job and a car to take me to and from." "I'm grateful for the music I'm listening to on this drive."


2. Learn to breathe: it's truly amazing what a few deep breaths can do for your state of mind. Welcome oxygen into your body and watch it bathe your soul in relief. Next time you're feeling symptoms of anxiety, stop, take 5 deep breaths and consider yourself restarted, rebooted, reset for greatness.


3. Visualize what you want, not what your anxious about or in fear of: Ease your anxiety by holding a visual in your mind of what you want to happen. And trust that it will be. Don't waist your time ruminating and daydreaming about what you don't want. Visualization exercises are a friendly way to control our thoughts and steer your feelings into a more positive direction.


4. Use positive self-talk: Much of what your anxious about may be stemmed from what you're telling yourself about your future. "I'll never meet someone" "Monday is going to be such a tough day" "I just can't do this anymore." Most of the time we are not even aware of the chatter going on in our minds dictating our feelings. Take your anxiety as a signal that you need to stop and listen to what you're saying to yourself and then choose to tell yourself a more positive story. "My perfect partner is being prepared for me as I am being prepared for him/her and we will meet in divine timing" "Monday is going to be a fresh start to a productive week" "I can do this, one day at a time I will get thru it."


5. Repeat mantras out loud: hearing yourself proclaim something positive has a very powerful effect on centering yourself and focusing your thoughts. Changing your thoughts in this way will immediately change your feelings. Choose or create mantras that define what you want. For instance, repeating to yourself, "I am calm, confident, and cool" will give you and instant boost of self-confidence in moments of angst.


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