Anxiety is the body’s natural response to stress, characterized by an increase in heart rate, breathing, sweating, and panic attacks. A lot of children often experience anxiety during their youth due to several factors such as social anxiety, academic grades, a loss of a loved one and so on. Anxiety or panic attacks can become a traumatic experience for those who have undergone great stress. It is important to take a step back and reflect. These are some tips for facing anxiety:
Practice Breathing Techniques
Panic attacks often leave you breathless, and unable to think straight. Practicing breathing techniques in these situations help you to calm down and ensure you are getting the right amount of oxygen so that your brain can function properly, and thus better evaluate the situation you are in.
Write down your feelings
Writing is a good way to step back and look at the problem from a different perspective. It allows you to be the author of your own life and gives you the sense of control that you often feel like you lost in times of crisis. You can reflect on your decisions and actions, and this is also a cathartic experience as well.
Words spoken aloud can often become reality. These words can release you from negativity and fear and empower you to stay strong.
Meditating is a good way to simultaneously do all these. Proper breathing is needed for this exercise, in which you can spiritually reflect upon your life in a calm and serene mood.
Live in the moment
Society will often put you in a place where you follow a set routine every day that you take no pride nor happiness in, and yet expect you to faithfully follow that routine for the rest of your life. Sometimes, it is better just to live, even for a few moments. Take that vacation for once or do something you have been aching to do like host a barbeque or go out with your friends. This will help give you respite in times of great pressure.
Coach Benjamin Mizrahi. Educator. Learning Specialist. Family Coach. Father. Husband.
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