Friday, 24 February 2017

Kalms #livelifeready campaign

Its has been a hard week in terms of Anxiety! Here is my log for the week:

If your having trouble with anxiety, the #livelifeready can help you by giving you these tips:

1. Slow and steady
If you’re feeling anxious, try taking slow deep breaths; calmly inhaling for 4 seconds through
your nose, then exhaling for the same via your mouth. Studies show practising a breathing
technique can stimulate the part of the nervous system responsible for relaxation, helpful in
reducing anxiety.

2. Take a mindful moment Mindfulness 
The practise of being present in the moment and noticing our feelings, body,
thoughts and environment - has been found to improve mental well being and be beneficial for anxiety. Being mindful can be as simple as paying more attention to things we touch, see, smell and hear, like savouring our morning cup of coffee, rather than being caught up in our whirring thoughts. Visit NHS Choices for an introduction to Mindfulness

3. Know your triggers
Knowing what exacerbates your anxiety is an important step in addressing the issue. Often
we avoid situations that make us feel anxious – but this is counterproductive and can make
our fears worse. Facing what we’re worried about can help alleviate the anxious feelings –
whether it’s been making that phone call you’ve been putting off, replying to an email or
even tidying the house.

4. Time to talk
Sharing your worries with a trusted family member or friend can make them seem less
daunting, and voicing your fears out loud may help you put them into perspective. You can
also turn to anxiety support organisations for advice in times of need.

5. Write it down
Try taking some time at the end of each day to write your worries down. Offloading thoughts
in this way may help you slow down your thinking, step away from a continuous cycle of
worry and clear the mind. Writing a to do list also allows you to commit to paper all the tasks
you still need to complete – without spending excessive time thinking about, and trying to
remember, them.

Below is a blank copy of the table given to me by Kalms.

* The tips given above are only for MILD anxiety. If you experience server anxiety please contact your GP!*

**All information provided by Kalms**

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