Last week was an intensely stressful week for me to say the least. So on top of the lengthy to-do list I already had, and the heaps of studying I had to finish. I’m sitting at work, and I get a text from my boyfriend reminding me that I have a doctor’s appointment. I involuntarily freak out, knowing I have to get two shots throughout my checkup.
When I was a child, I was utterly terrified of needles, and not much has changed. On the floor sobbing, can’t catch my breath scared. I will avoid going near any needle at all cost, so just the thought of visiting the doctor gave me a full-on panic attack. I was anxious the whole night, and couldn’t focus on anything. Often our fears and phobias can leave us with a restless mind. We tend to get exceptionally anxious before a substantial event, or in my case a doctor’s appointment. Here are some of the ways I soothe an uneasy mind.
1. Go For A Walk
Nature has been proven to help everything from ADHD to productivity. If you have ever taken a walk in the park, completed a hike, or a bike ride outdoors, you know how much joy can come from such a simple act. A 25-minute walk in the fresh air does miracles for the mind and the body. There is indeed nothing more calming than sitting in a park or a peaceful forest to clear your head. Be sure not to bring your phone or any electronics so you can truly unplug. Unplugging is excellent for the soul and any anxious thoughts you may be having. Taking a walk outside is the perfect time to turn off the phone and be fully present in the moment. Bring along your friends or a family member for some additional company and laughs.
10 Ways To Quiet An Anxious Mind
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2. Meditate For 15 Minutes
Meditation helps to quiet an overactive mind. If you are feeling restless meditation helps to get rid of fearful racing thoughts. Meditating has tremendous benefits including reducing stress, improving sleep, increasing focus, and improving relationships. I started meditating every day almost six months ago, and it has been amazing for my mental and physical health. Let me tell you now it is not an easy thing and takes lots of practice and concentration. The benefits make it worth the effort.
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[ctt template=”2" link=”RA1MX” via=”no” ]Did you know meditation improves your immune system, lowers blood pressure, and reduces stress?[/[/ctt]r> If you’re not sure how to meditate there are plenty of videos to walk you through the process. Here is one of the favorites that helped me to get started: How To Meditate – The No Bullshit Guide to Meditation
3. Unplug (No emails or Social Media)
Many of us have an unhealthy attachment to our phones and social media. If you want to put your mind at ease stay offline, especially social media. It can be a cause of unneeded stress and anxiety. You don’t need any extra pressure. Relax, and take a break. Social media and emails will still be there waiting for you when you come back. My favorite app that I use to unplug is the app Offtime. Offtime is an app that lets you put your phone on a do-not-disturb mode with customized settings, it also tells you how much time you spend on each app which can come in handy.
5. Listen to Your Favorite Tunes or Calming sounds
Music seriously can do wonders for a restless mind, it soothes the soul, and gives it rest. Close your eyes, and put on your favorite songs. If music proves to be too much, turn on some soothing sounds. This playlist is one of my favorites, the relaxing soft piano music that I always turn to; LONG Playlist of Relaxing Soft Piano Music to Sleep and Study.
10 Ways To Quiet An Anxious Mind
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5. Practice Gratitude
When you are in a place of gratitude, you will feel so much more composed, and at peace. I like to think about all the beauty currently in my life when my mind is feeling anxious it helps me to feel calm and know that things are going to be okay as long as I have a grateful heart. To help you with practicing gratitude I recommend you check out The Gratitude Diaries: How a Year Looking on the Bright Side Can Transform Your Life or The Little Book of Gratitude: Create a life of happiness and wellbeing by giving thanks. These books helped me to see life in a different light; I found myself being more grateful and confident in my daily life.
6. Cry it Out
Crying is a natural and healthy human response to disappointment and sorrow. It is a natural way to rid of emotional stress, and when it is left unchecked, it can even have adverse physical effects on the body. So go ahead and let it all out.
[c[ctt template=”2" link=”17Kzi” via=”no” ]metimes all you need is just to let it all out when you’re done crying you will feel so much better. [/ct[/ctt] 7. Take a Long Relaxing Bath
A warm bath gets rid of tensed muscles and puts you in a relaxing mindset. Light some candles, and throw in some bath bombs or Epsom salt to further set a peaceful mood.
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8. Sleep it Off
Jump into some comfortable pajamas, and give yourself a break for a while. Not only will you feel refreshed you will give your mind a much-needed break.
10 Ways To Quiet An Anxious Mind
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9. Practice Mindfulness
Focus on being aware of the present moment. Calmly acknowledge how you are feeling and the thoughts you are having. Don’t try to pretend they are not there. Feelings are just that, let them come and let them go. A couple of books that I would recommend if you are trying to practice being more mindful include Mindfulness: An Eight-Week Plan for Finding Peace in a Frantic World, and Little Book of Mindfulness: 10 minutes a day to less stress, more peace. Both of these books helped me to become more mindful in my everyday life, and finally start enjoying life.
10. Read Your Favorite Book or Blog
Instead of watching television or scrolling through your social media feed grab your favorite book. Preferably one you’ve read before, this way your mind doesn’t need to travel to far. My favorite thing to do at the end of the night is climbing in bed close my eyes and listen to a book on Audible.
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