6 tips for managing AnxietyI’m Jayne, Head of Content and Community at Frame and I’ve been living with Anxiety on and off for 17 years. In that time I’ve done hundreds of hours of research and tried everything from therapy to cold dipping. I wanted to share my top 6 tips for managing Anxiety. These are general lifestyle tips, I’m not a qualified therapist and every human is unique and so it’s not a one size fits all.
1 Move through it.
Anxiety can make us freeze, and staying in bed or hidden at home feels safe. However, when we move our bodies it allows the energy of the anxiety to run its course. Walking in nature, jumping around to music, shaking your body, or any Frame class. Research has shown if we don’t resist the anxious feelings, they can pass in just 90 seconds!!!
2 Name it.
We tend to brace ourselves against anxious feelings and not allow them to be there, which actually makes it worse. What we resist, persists. The next time you feel the anxious feelings rise, try to name it. Put your hand on your chest and say, ‘Anxious feelings’ or ‘Anxiety’ this helps allow it to be there and know that you are not your anxiety and it will pass.
Recently my sleep pattern had changed due to anxiety and I was waking at 3am most nights. I was working with a Holistic Coach and she recommended getting out into the garden in my bare feet first thing in the morning before anything else. I was skeptical, but would try anything as lack of sleep is like gas on the fire of anxiety. And so, I did it every morning for 2 weeks. It worked and I’m now hooked! See the science here.
I’ve been using this for a long time and it’s a GAME CHANGER. It really helps to calm the nervous system and aids sleep. I personally have a magnesium salt bath every night, I take Magnesium Glycinate before bed (Dr Mark Hyman tip!) and I use Better You Magnesium spray on the soles of my feet.
5 Seeing it for what it is.
I read an incredible book this year, Anxiety RX and it helped me to befriend and see anxiety for what it is. An over protective family member who is just trying to keep you safe, but does this at all costs. You can check out this podcast “The truth about anxiety and how to heal it”
6 Sound Healing.
Plugging into the Earths Frequency via this binaural beats playlist on Spotify takes me out of flight and fight and into a more grounded and calm state (I’ve got the Oura ring stats to prove it!). Listen for yourself here
To help you manage the symptoms of anxiety, we have scheduled some great classes and workshops.
Anxiety Release Yoga with Anisha Kotecha. The classes are on Monday 2nd, 9th, 16th October at 7.15pm-8.15pm at Kings Cross and Saturday the 7th, 14th & 21st October at 1pm-2pm at Victoria. Book now.
Soothing Anxiety Yin & Hypnotherapy Retreat with NEOM with Desi and Gemma on Saturday the 21st of October at 2pm at Kings Cross. Read more here.
If you feel like you are really struggling with Anxiety and need more than general support, please do go to see your GP or a therapist. You don’t have to do this alone.