3 Tips to Deal with Anxiety
Anxiety is exhausting.
Here’s the good news: I’ve learned some tips that might help. Here I show you 3 ways to use mindfulness exercises to beat back anxiety, and the best times to use them.
1. Focus outwards
Sometimes, being stuck in your own head is the worst place to be. Focusing outwards—on a beautiful view, on the person in front of you—is an exercise in mindfulness. When you feel anxiety creeping up on you. This is a practical solution in social situations, because we are better company when we focus on the person we’re talking to.
2. Set your intentions
Setting a clear goal helps us focus our awareness on the outcome, instead of on the task we have to do. Maybe your activity is to confront a difficult client. That’s never fun. Focus on your goal—to be treated with respect—and give the activity less space in your mind.
3. Take a breather
Sometimes, we just need a break. That’s O.K. Whatever is stressing you out will probably still be there in five minutes, but you’ll be in a better frame of mind to deal with it. If you’re driving, find a safe spot to pull over and breathe. Mid-argument with your partner? Mid-project? Take five, make your favorite coffee just the way you like it.
We all need to be a little bit selfish sometimes.