Do you have a “Do Not Disturb” mode? Does it go off whenever somebody calls or wants you to do chores or take over the household? What happens when the next crisis hits and “Don’t Disturb” mode kicks in and you are totally overwhelmed? Here are a few suggestions to help with your anxiety. I’m going to offer you a few self-care suggestions to help you “re-learn” how to be more effective while experiencing stress.
- Breathe deeply. This is probably the simplest thing you can do to help you get out of “Do Not Disturb” mode. Just relax, breathe deeply, release your body tension, and let your stress melt away.
- Be aware of your breathing. Notice your breathing. Are you breathing rapidly? Are you breathing shallow? Does it seem like there’s no oxygen getting to your organs? Breathe deeply. Take a few deep breaths and then relax. Notice how your body feels after.
- Eat. It’s not good to be in denial about food. So stop denying your body. Eating food is good and eating carbs and sugar is good (just don’t overeat). Eat when your body tells you. Do it when you’re hungry, but not when you’re full. Eat vegetables and drink water.
- Drink water. Drink water even if you’re already dehydrated. Take some and saunter to the bathroom to avoid passing out while you’re thirsty.
- Go to the bathroom. Don’t feel guilty or self-conscious that you can’t stay in your office for more than 15 minutes. Go to the bathroom to get refreshed.
- Get some sleep. It’s essential that you rest because fatigue, stress, and exhaustion are just a few of the signs that there are stress and tension and anxiety buildup in your body. Don’t push yourself to stay in your office past your bedtime. You can’t afford fatigue, stress, and exhaustion. So rest.
- Go for a walk. Get away from your desk for as long as you can and just go for a short stroll. The idea is to get away from what’s causing your stress by getting some fresh air and being out in nature, and also to improve circulation and help you sleep if you can.
- Get a massage. You can get a foot rub, a neck, shoulder or facial spa from a physical therapist, or even a Swedish massage. All three of these methods are excellent and have good indications that you’re relaxing and getting rid of your stress. If you have a neck or facial massage, you can sometimes feel relief from the tension in your head.
- Go for a walk. Get on the treadmill if you have an exercise machine near you. It’s great to use the exercise machine right beside your office so you can work out while listening to music. You can also do exercise with weights to work out your muscles.
- Go see the doctor or psychologist. Get to the doctor if you feel you’re having ongoing anxiety attacks. If you have them once a week or less, you can probably take a stress test to see what’s causing the anxiety attacks, and they’re probably some common symptoms that are caused by anxiety.
The ten suggestions above can help you with anxiety. These are just the beginning. There are definitely more suggestions and methods, but these have been proven to work for many people.