Mindfulness can be extremely helpful for those suffering from anxiety. While it does depend on what is triggering your anxiety and the situation you’re in, here are some mindful tactics that could help deal with that anxiety.
When we’re feeling anxious, it can be easy to sink into an endless scroll of social media, but did you know this can induce anxiety? Log out of your social media accounts, and do something you enjoy, or find relaxing. Cook a meal, do something creative or go for a walk, whatever you choose, do it free of the pressure of social media.
Take Time for Tea
Just like grandma said, “there’s no problem that can’t be solved with a cup of tea”. Making tea is a simple, step-by-step process, that can be very calming in itself. Notice the smell of the leaves and watch the flavour seep out into the water as the tea brews. Notice the steam rising from the cup and feel the warmth of the cup in your hands. For extra oomph, select a tea that has calming properties, such as chamomile or peppermint.
Re-enter Your Body
When anxiety or panic takes over, it can often feel like an out-of-body experience, or as though you’ve lost control. To calm yourself using mindfulness, re-connect with your body, breathing slowly and deeply, taking note of how the breath feels. Touch something in your hand and be mindful of its weight, texture and other physical characteristics.
You might have seen in the news recently a number of incidents caused by pedestrians playing on their phones while walking. Safe to say, this is the opposite of mindful walking! Go for a mindful walk, taking in all the sensations you experience while walking. Notice how your body feels, look around, and stop to smell the roses.