Wednesday, 5 July 2017

7 Tips to be Anxious About Nothing

Beliefnet expert Dr. Linda Mintle talks about worrying and letting go.
Dr. Linda Mintle writes the Doing Life Together blog for Beliefnet.

7 Tips to be Anxious About Nothing
It’s a tall biblical order–be anxious about nothing. About 40 million of us struggle to follow this command.

In my book, Letting Go of Worry, I explain how worry is the mental part of anxiety. To let go of worry involves the mind, body and spirit. Here are some practical tips to help you be anxious about nothing.
Take a deep breath
The opposite of tension is slow breathing so take a deep breath and exhale slowing. Inhale through your nose, hold the breath, then exhale slowly through your mouth. We do this in Pilates and it begins to relax the body.

Reach out to someone
Have a conversation. Anxiety can be triggered by loneliness. Call someone. Talk to your minister, a counselor or friend. Human connection lowers anxiety.

Burn off anxiety through exercise
It works. No matter how uptight you feel, a hard workout calms the body.

Learn to soothe yourself
It is important to know how to calm your body. A hot bath works for me. For others it might be a heating pad, massage, cup of hot tea, etc.

Use music to calm your soul
Put on a relaxing CD and unwind. Close your eyes and be swept away.

Distract yourself
Escape through a good novel (or the Bible) or TV show. Both are distracting and give a racing mind a break.

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