5 Tips to Instantly Reduce Your Anxiety

Most people experience anxiety at certain points in their lives. It can occur in a professional or personal environment. The good news is that there are many ways to lessen anxiety in a difficult situation, while increasing your feelings of confidence, certainty, and peace.

Below are five quick countermeasures to help reduce anxiety. Some of these tips may seem simple, but studies have shown that they produce instant and powerful results*. Note that these are “quick fixes” to help lower anxiety symptoms. To learn how to powerfully and fundamentally handle anxiety producing issues, whether they involve your job, family, romance, friends, finance, health, or personal endeavor.

1. Take Deep Breaths

When we experience anxiety, our heart rate increases, the breath quickens, and the body begins to tense. Shallow breathing, in particular, reduces the oxygen available to the brain, and inhibits our ability to think clearly.

The moment you experience anxiety, take long, deep breaths (go ahead and try this now if you like). Do this repeatedly, and be sure you’re breathing into and out of your diaphragm. If you’re not familiar with diaphragmatic breathing, simply push in your stomach gently with one hand as you breathe out to let the stomach contract, and allow your stomach to expand as you breathe in. Breathe deeply as many times as you need to experience greater calm. If you’re indoors, it also helps to open a window or go outside, and deeply take in fresh air.

2. Move Your Body

If you feel tension in your body, stand and jog in place, shake your arms and legs to release nervous energy. Continue to take deep breaths as you move your body. If time permits, engage in exercises such as running, aerobics, yoga, weight-lifting, swimming, etc., to both reduce stress and increase your cognitive ability. Multiple studies have shown a positive correlation between movement, physical exercise and stress reduction across different age groups.

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