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Six ways to reduce your anxiety

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2018 planner / yearly agenda / undated monthly, daily and weekly day timer / 2018 organization calendar planner design washi tape
2018 planner / yearly agenda / undated monthly, daily and weekly day timer / 2018 organization calendar planner design washi tape

We know what it feels like to be overwhelmed with life. Now more than ever it’s important to prioritize your mental health. If you’ve experienced either only mild, or severe, anxiety there are habits you can create that work towards a calmer mind.

Although currently we are not able to support one another face-to-face this year, we at STIL are always working on ideas on how to better create a sense of community online. What better way than to let you in on our personal favorite ways to reduce anxiety in our own busy lives.

Exercise

One of the most important things you can do to combat anxiety and stress is to move your body. It doesn’t have to be a gym session if that’s not your thing! We suggest putting on a great playlist and dancing around your living room, go for a nature walk, or do some deep yoga or stretching. Your mind and body will thank you.

5-5-5 Break

When anxiety strikes, it’s most often followed by a loop of negative thinking that can be difficult to come out of. This simple technique outlined here is perfect for the next time you are experiencing the above. Here’s a breakdown of how it works; look around you and name out loud five things you can:

  • See
  • Hear
  • Feel

Repeat this, until you feel yourself become present and calm.

Cutting back on caffeine

We know, we know… this might not be a popular one but it does make a difference (trust us). Let’s be honest, no one likes the afternoon caffeine crash. Start by gradually cutting back on the amount you consume every day. Eventually, you may find you don’t need it at all, once your body becomes more accustomed.

Intentional Breathing

What’s worse than being told to breathe when anxiety strikes? Not knowing the proper way to get the best results. A technique that you can do anytime during the day is called DB breathing.

1. Lie flat on your back with your knees bent and the soles of your feet on the floor.

2. Place one hand on the upper chest and the other on the stomach, below the ribcage.

3. Breathe slowly and deeply through your nose. Draw your breath down toward the stomach so that your hand on the stomach rises upward. Make sure that your hand on your chest stays still.

4. Exhale slowly through pursed lips, drawing your belly button down toward the floor. Your hand on your stomach should now return to its original position. Your hand on your chest should remain still.


Pro tip: combine the above with the 4-7-8 breathing technique we highlight in our Wellness Planner.

Journal & Release

Starting, or ending, your day with a cup of tea and our Daily Journal allows you to release any non-serving thoughts that pop up, reflect on your surroundings and find gratitude in your life. With our journal prompts, we make it that much easier to create this habit and allow you to stick with it. You will be feeling balanced in no time.

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