Five Ways to Ease Anxiety

1. Mindful Breathing

Intentional breathing is one of the most accessible ways to soothe anxious and fearful thoughts. One activity you might try is counting the breath.

While you breathe in, mentally state, “I am breathing in, five.” While you breathe out mentally state, “I am breathing out, four.”

Next breath in, “I am breathing in, four.” With the breath out, “I am breathing out, four.” Continue until you reach 1.

(You can do this from 5-1, 10-1 or maybe even 20-1!)

2. Move the Body

Moving the body is a wonderful way to reduce stress and ease anxiety. You can go for a walk, take an online movement class, or my favorite lately has been dancing! My challenge for you this week is to pick a song and dance for its entirety, don’t worry about what you look like, just let your body move!

3. Sip Some Tea

Tea can be an excellent tool for drawing the mind back into the present moment. Grab your favorite cup of tea and try my one minute tea meditation to guide you at home.

4. Mindful Eating

Try slowing things down by practicing mindfulness during your meals. Eat with the TV off, keeping awareness on the flavors, textures and smells, savoring each bite.

5. Legs Up the Wall

Legs up the wall is a restorative yoga pose that you can do on the floor or on your bed. The objective is to get close to a wall while lying down on your back, so that you can swing your legs up onto the wall, resting your feet above your heart. This position helps tap into the parasympathetic nervous system, the relaxation center of your body.

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