Find An Anti-Anxiety Mantra
“If you suffer from panic attacks, try to reframe your thinking. Imagine you get onto a train and notice your heart rate has picked up; you may start to panic that you are about to have an attack, and find yourself sweating and short of breath, and then spiral into a full-blown attack. What might have actually happened is that you walked slightly faster than normal to catch your train and this raised your heart rate; you interpreted this as a symptom of a panic attack and then began to panic, which is what triggered the attack. This isn’t to say panic attacks and anxiety attacks aren’t real – just that sometimes they are brought on more by anxiety about anxiety, than anything else. What I would suggest in these situations is to look for the evidence: why might your heart rate be picking up? Also consider using a mantra: ‘This too shall pass’ and ‘I’ve survived every panic attack in the past’ can help.” – Amy
Move Your Body
“Emotions have motion, so get moving. When you really don’t feel like doing anything, that’s usually a sign that it’s most important to do so. Your body keeps the score and, as long as you stay physically stuck, it will be difficult to change how you feel. Even just getting up in a moment of high stress to do ten star jumps or running on the spot will make a difference. Moving your body, energy and emotions enables you to feel different and often takes you into other environments, which is useful. If you can move yourself into new surroundings, you will notice you can feel different too. Even a short walk around the block can help.” – Vida
Address Your Energy Deficits
“Prolonged high stress levels can lead to burnout. This may be experienced as a ‘performance cliff edge’, where you notice a sudden drop in your ability to perform tasks and concentrate. To overcome this, there’s a need to develop healthy habits, which can be achieved by addressing deficits in types of energy: physical (think about your nutrition, sleep and exercise); emotional (socialising and connecting with freinds and family); spiritual (practices include prayer and meditation) and creativity, such as reading more and listening to podcasts. All of these can help establish boundaries between work and home.” – Dr Chi-Chi Obuaya, consultant psychiatrist & clinical lead at The Soke
Practice Makes Perfect
“Meditation and yoga aren’t for everyone, but there’s little to be lost from giving them a try. The ‘out’ breath in yoga, for example, activates the parasympathetic nervous system, which slows down breathing and acts as a counterweight to the overactive sympathetic nervous system. Remember – experiencing stress doesn’t mean you suffer from a major mental health problem. Do remain in contact with your personal support network to help you cope with adversity and maintain a sense of normality. If in doubt, there is no shame in seeking professional help from your GP, a psychologist or psychiatrist.” – Chi-Chi
If you are worried about your own or someone else’s mental health, speak with a therapist near you, or speak with your GP. Samaritans are also available to listen 24/7 on 116 123.
For more information, visit AmyLaunder.com, VidaCarmel.com, SuzyReading.co.uk and TheSoke.uk.
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