• Anna Dallavalle

5 ways to overcome anxiety - part 1

Worry is a normal part of life, and can even be helpful in some instances. We often worry about things that are present in our lives, such as finances, work, and family, and this worry has the potential to help us make good decisions in these areas.

Things can get tricky when our anxiety takes over our life: then we can feel powerless and dread fills our daily life. Anxiety feeds on itself and can spiral out of control.

Here are five techniques which can really help keep our anxiety in check,

1. Deep breathing. This is a very simple exercise...but very effective in its simplicity. Anxiety starts with our thoughts but carries physical symptoms such as sweaty palms, racing heartbeat, lump in the throat and other unpleasant sensations. An indication that we are anxious is often that our breathing is fast and shallow. If we take control of the rhythm of our breathing, we automatically take control of the other anxiety symptoms

Sit comfortably and allow between 5 and 10 minutes for the exercise. Close your eyes and focus on taking deep breaths feeling your lungs fill with air. Slowly, release the air and start again. If you find that your worries interfere with your concentration, let them go and focus back on your breathing. Try and practice this once or twice a day in non stressful situations for at least a week before you try it out when you feel anxious. Your anxiety may not dissipate but it will certainly reduce quite drastically.