My anxiety has stood in my way of participating in life. Living in a constant state of fear can be paralyzing. Through the lens of anxiety, life feels overwhelming and I feel helpless. Anxiety keeps me trapped in a small box and gets in the way of any potential growth. A little bit of stress and anxiety can motivate you, but too much might cause an anxiety disorder that can prevent you from living your life to the fullest.
If you’re starting to feel as though anxiety and panic are starting to make it difficult to maintain emotional and physical stability, it’s time to take action – to learn strategies that will help you cope with that anxiety.
You should always consider professional help. There are countless skilled therapists and counselors that can train you in new ways to treat you for your stress.
Anxiety disorders are often misunderstood – many people think that you can simply overcome the symptoms by willpower. While it’s important to seek professional treatment, it’s also important to adapt your lifestyle. In an attempt to conquer my anxiety, I have done a lot of research and have found a few ways, some unconventional, to cope. Everything that I recommending, I personally do and have found it to be effective. Even if you only find one tip helpful, you can add it to your toolbox, to pull out when you feel overwhelmed by anxiety.
Take A Cold Shower
I know that this sounds terrifying, but it really works. When I feel a panic attack coming on, I instantly take a freezing shower and it calms me down. It is also how I start my day. Cold showers have been proven to have an amazing effect on your well being and health. Something as simple as rotating the temperature gauge can really have a big improvement on your life. Cold showers can help. Seriously, cold showers train your nervous system to be more resilient to stress. (www.menprovement.com)
As shown in this study, cold showers act as a small form of oxidative stress on your nervous system. And overtime, the body adapts to this. Essentially, you will feel calmer after an ice cold shower. The first time you step in that cold shower, you won’t be able to think straight, let alone breath. But after a month, you will be thinking about your day in a “ready to take on the world” kind of day . This will translate into everyday life as you brush off stressful situations that would typically ruin your mood.
“This can be viewed as an adaption to repeated oxidative stress, and is postulated as a mechanism for body hardening. Hardening is the exposure to a natural, e.g., thermal stimulus, resulting in an increased tolerance to stress, e.g., diseases.” – Science Direct
If you’re one of the brave souls that have taken a cold shower already, then you will know that at first it is hard to breath.
But don’t be scared. This extreme deep breathing, at 8AM every morning, is going to dramatically increase your oxygen intake & heart rate, resulting in a natural dose of energy throughout the day.
On top of the icy cold water, this deep breathing will leave you feeling alert, instead of a groggy like your coworkers.
Keep a Worry Box
Find any box, decorate it however you like, and keep it in a handy place. I bought a plain small card board box and glued different color tissue paper on it for decoration. When my kids were younger, we all made them together and my 19 year old daughter still has hers. Keep a pencil and a small pad near by. Jot down each worry as it crops up on a piece of paper and drop it into the box.
Once your worry is deposited in the box, try to turn your attention to other matters. The worry box essentially allows you to mentally let go of your worries.
Later on, you can throw out the notes without looking at them again. I decided to look through mine at the end of the month, and while a few of those worries were still bearing down on me, most were unfounded.
“Worry never robs tomorrow of its sorrow, it only saps today of its joy.”
My 19 year old daughter introduced this technique to me, and I was instantly hooked. I had never heard of it before, but it works! She was taking a nap in my bed and was listening to the sound of someone eating a pickle! She said it calmed her. I just had to research this, and found out that it is an actual form of therapy that is becoming increasingly popular!
ASMR, stands for autonomous sensory meridian response, is still a relatively new creation. It describes a feeling of euphoric tingling and relaxation that can come over someone when he or she watches certain videos or hears certain sounds. What kind of visual or audio clips can create such a lovely feeling? It might surprise you, but the videos are of people doing incredibly simple, quiet, calming tasks, such as folding towels, brushing their hair, or flipping magazine pages. You might hear someone’s voice speaking in the background of the video, but not always. The audio clips often consist of voices whispering, tapping, scratching, or rain.
ASMR doesn’t work for everyone and it can be tough to imagine the sensation if you don’t experience it first-hand. For most people who do experience it, the blissful tingling starts up in the scalp and then makes its way through the body to the arms and legs. And as a result, it can trigger a feeling of relaxation before bedtime, which can help you overcome insomnia. The audio/video segments are long—in fact, some last up to an hour. They are lengthy so that you can keep watching or listening to them until you drift off to sleep. (www.sleep.org)
YouTube has many videos to choose from. You can also find video’s on Pinterest. This video is one of my favorites!
Check out my Pinterest Board for more “Oddly Satisfying Videos“
I hope that I have introduced you to some new ways of coping with anxiety. I would love to hear what works for you!!!!