Anxiety on the Brain?

Mental Health Awareness Week is here, and we’re shedding light on anxiety and the incredible power of simple coping strategies. We got comfy, chatting with our Mental Health First Aiders and dove into some light-hearted coping techniques that can help you keep anxiety at bay.

A Savoury Breakfast: Fuelling Your Day With Delightful Balance.

One aspect we often overlook is the connection between our diets and our mental well-being. We’ve all been there, riding the rollercoaster of high-sugar foods that send our energy levels skyrocketing, only to come crashing down moments later. But did you know that these energy spikes and crashes can wreak havoc on our mood and ability to assess situations clearly? That’s why opting for a savoury breakfast, with higher protein and lower sugar content, can do wonders for your mental well-being. It helps regulate blood sugar levels and sets a positive precedent for the day.

Move Your Body, Free Your Mind.

When anxiety starts creeping into your body, leaving you feeling on-edge, it’s time to get moving. Take a walk, run, or even skip if you’re feeling adventurous. Physical activity not only helps release tension but also boosts those feel-good endorphins. So, put on your favourite tunes and let your worries melt away with each step you take. Or why not opt for yoga? Physical activity and gentle stretching can help reduce stress.

When Your Thoughts Run Away: The Power of Pen and Paper.

We’ve all experienced the phenomenon of our thoughts racing ahead of us, creating unnecessary anxiety. In those moments, grab a pen and paper and jot down a list. Getting everything out of your head and onto the page helps reduce the intimidating nature of your worries. Suddenly, they seem much more manageable when you see them in black and white. Journaling is a fantastic way to unload your thoughts and gain clarity.

Breathing Space: Finding Peace in the Present.

One of the simplest yet most effective coping strategies for anxiety is to focus on your breathing. When you feel the weight of anxiety, take a moment to ground yourself in the present by paying attention to your breath. Close your eyes, inhale deeply, and exhale slowly. Additionally, make sure to allocate some “Me Time”. It’s essential to carve out time for yourself where you don’t fill the space with anything but rather indulge in activities that bring you joy, like spending time in the garden or taking a relaxing bath.

Embrace the Feelings and Enjoy.

While it may be tempting to fight against the anxious feelings that wash over you, consider sitting with them instead. Allow the emotions to be present and acknowledge their existence. Paradoxically, when you give them space, those feelings and worries tend to fade faster. It might not feel comfortable, but many find it worth the effort to attain a sense of peace.

A Smorgasbord of Relaxation.

In addition to the tips and tricks above, here are a few more neat little ways of steadying your mind:

  • Question your thought pattern: Negative thoughts can exaggerate the severity of a situation. Challenge them and seek a more balanced perspective.
  • Practice focused, deep breathing: Take slow, deliberate breaths to activate your body’s relaxation response.
  • Engage in aromatherapy: Certain scents, like lavender or chamomile, can have calming effects on the mind.

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