4 Ways to Reduce Anxiety and Live a Better Life

Learn to live a better life.

If you experience anxiety, there are paths to healing. You can live a better life. Anxiety and worry, and the physical and emotional reactions caused by these fearful feelings, can be destructive.

If you are ready to seek help, contact Van Blarcom Consulting. Talking through your problems and making changes in your daily routine can help you reduce anxiety and live better.

Breathe to Reduce Anxiety

It is common for individuals who are anxious and stressed to be shallow breathers. Shallow breathing and holding your breath leads to less oxygenation. You need to take in full breaths to help your mind relax.

Through practice, you can learn to breathe intentionally. When you feel stress and anxiety building in your body, find a place to be calm. Sit, close your eyes, and breathe through your nose. With a hand on your stomach, and the other hand on your chest, breathe deeply. Through your hands, feel your breath going in and out of your body. Many find visualization helpful, too.

Journal Your Worries

For many, it is beneficial to write about difficult feelings. Schedule a time for yourself each day to reflect on what is happening in your life, how you feel, and what you are worried about.

To start, try writing for 20 minutes every day, allowing yourself to be fully immersed in your thoughts. Write continuously to explore where your feelings are coming from. You may be surprised when an event from your childhood or a work stress appears in your daily writing. But these surprises can be useful. Writing about what is bothering you helps you to acknowledge what is at the root of your fears. Once the root is acknowledged, healing can begin and you can live a better life.

Maintain a Clean Living Space

If your living space is full of clutter, try clearing your space to clear your mind. This can be especially helpful for individuals who experience anxiety about misplaced keys and correspondence. In addition, maintaining a clean living space will help you to have pride in you home. You’ll be more likely to invite friends and family into your home, creating a community of healing.

Start with a drawer or a closet, then move outward. For example, when you go through a cabinet, make three piles; things to throw away, things to donate, things to keep. Once the cabinet is organized, move to a drawer. Then a bookshelf. Then a coffee table. Tackling clutter in small increments is a pathway to a clean, clutter-free life.

Get Help

While these strategies can be helpful, there are times when you need help to reduce your worries and fears. There is no reason for you to suffer. If your anxiety is damaging your life and relationships, consider counseling. You may find talking through a period of crisis is exactly what you need to nurture yourself to calmer waters. With help, you can learn to thrive in your life choices, not simply survive and feel burdened.

If you are ready to live a better life, contact Van Blarcom Consulting to talk through your anxiety, stress, and fears.

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