With so much happening in the world right now, as a collective, we’re experiencing feelings of anxiety, stress, uncertainty, and overwhelm. These low-vibrational emotions don’t make us feel good and, worse, weaken our immune system during a time when we need it most.
Thankfully, there are many tools that can help soothe these anxious feelings, cultivate calmness in our bodies, and clear out the fearful thoughts in our minds. Below, we’re sharing five of our favorite anxiety-busting techniques. Keep these in your back pocket and reach for them whenever you need them.
Your breath is one of the most powerful tools for dealing with anxiety. It helps you drop into your body. It grounds you into now, helps release any stagnant energy, and supports your immune system. The best part? You can do it anywhere at any time. Here’s an easy breathwork technique you can try whenever you’re feeling anxious: Breath in for four counts through the nose. Hold the breath for seven counts. Then release through the mouth for eight counts. Repeat this a few times until you feel your energy return to a centered place.
Shift your focus
Anxiety stems from fear of what may happen in the future, which is understandable given the current climate, but being in a state of fear doesn’t serve us. Instead, take a break from consuming the news and shift your attention to the present moment. Focus on what is good right now. Count your blessings. Enjoy time with the people you love. This will cause anxiety to dissipate because gratitude and anxiety are entirely different emotions that can’t simultaneously co-exist in the body.
Listen to a hypnosis recording
Meditation is an incredible tool for clearing the mind and controlling anxiety. But, if you want to take it to another level and address the issue at its core, try listening to a hypnosis recording. Contrary to what TV and movies may have led you to believe, hypnosis is perfectly safe, super relaxing, and very effective.
A hypnosis session is similar to guided meditation; only it goes much deeper. It takes you into a profound state of relaxation where you can transform and reframe thoughts that trigger anxiety on a subconscious level. You can search Google or YouTube for hypnosis recordings, many of which are free.
Have a grounding session
The ritual of grounding—also referred to as Earthing—is a technique that involves walking around barefoot or lying down on the ground to absorb the healing electrical charge of Mother Earth. A few minutes of connecting with your grassy backyard or a sandy beach can help you feel more centered and balanced and alleviate emotional stress and anxiety. Research has shown that grounding also helps with inflammation in the body, improves sleep, and reduces pain.
If you can’t go outside or have access to a safe space where you can practice Earthing, bring your awareness to the area underneath you, whether it’s the floor that you’re standing on or the chair that you’re sitting on. This practice, on its own, can be very grounding.
Take flower essences
Developed by Dr. Edward Bach in the 1930s, flower remedies harness the healing power of flowers to ease anxiety, relieve stress, treat emotional imbalances, and bring the body back into alignment. They’re an effective, fast-acting, and easy-to-use tool for stopping anxiety in its tracks. All you have to do is place a few drops of the tincture under your tongue. You can find them online or at most health food stores.