As they say, sharing is caring.

I've been thinking over this topic for some time now. What points could I share in terms of what helps me in managing my anxiety? As I do feel like I've developed a number of rituals, or tricks, or habits, or whatever one would want to name it.

Okay, now I'm not saying that the points below are the ultimate anxiety salvations. Will be honest at this point, the most effective in terms of that casual (and, well, even more severe) anxiety are still psychotherapy, cognitive-behavioral therapy as such, as well as meds. Like, I've been on anxiolytics for several months now. As I said in one of my previous LwA chapters, our thing is more about chemical imbalance and something like herbal sedatives, mint tea and meditation won't work that effective... (personal experience thing).

So, what helps me when dealing with some of those anxiety flows?

- Kinesiology + some NLP (neuro-linguistic programming). My favorite one is Wayne Cook Posture that comes as my daily ritual. Plus some NLP, especially forming phrases starting with 'I prefer...', like I prefer to live in harmony with my anxiety. Which is a more positive form of, let's say, one's fear of to live a life dominated by anxiety and so on.

- Fresh air. This really helps breathing more deeply, and also to stabilize breath in general, when that wave of anxiety (or even a panic attack) kicks in. So if there's a chance to to get that fresh air by opening a window or stepping out of the building, then free to do it. Daily walks outdoors, in a park or cute location, might come as a ritual as well. Especially considering the power of 10000 steps a day.

- Workouts. Now, exercising is a super powerful and helpful tool when it comes to mental health. I prefer 5 days (sometimes even all 7) a week workouts that last at least 30 minutes. I do believe that setting goals, like getting that Kardashian butt (I still have a long way to go, but I'm also dealing with anxiety), help you stay motivated.

- Special apps for anxiety, stress, panic attacks relief. If there's a big plus in this digital era, then it's sure about smartphone apps that are here to help you. So, some time ago I discovered this app called АнтиПаника (AntiPanic) that was developed in Russia by psychology professionals. Now this is one f*uckingly amazing app. Should say it does help to diminish anxiety.

- Photography. And some creative stuff in general I would say. I personally found photography, especially since I got my Olympus Pen camera in hands, taking me away from anxious, obsessive thoughts and moods. For someone who's a captive of own feelings and trials capturing the beauty of the world might come as a key.  



Photo: T. Egorova

As they say, sharing is caring.

I've been thinking over this topic for some time now. What points could I share in terms of what helps me in managing my anxiety? As I do feel like I've developed a number of rituals, or tricks, or habits, or whatever one would want to name it.

Okay, now I'm not saying that the points below are the ultimate anxiety salvations. Will be honest at this point, the most effective in terms of that casual (and, well, even more severe) anxiety are still psychotherapy, cognitive-behavioral therapy as such, as well as meds. Like, I've been on anxiolytics for several months now. As I said in one of my previous LwA chapters, our thing is more about chemical imbalance and something like herbal sedatives, mint tea and meditation won't work that effective... (personal experience thing).

So, what helps me when dealing with some of those anxiety flows?

- Kinesiology + some NLP (neuro-linguistic programming). My favorite one is Wayne Cook Posture that comes as my daily ritual. Plus some NLP, especially forming phrases starting with 'I prefer...', like I prefer to live in harmony with my anxiety. Which is a more positive form of, let's say, one's fear of to live a life dominated by anxiety and so on.

- Fresh air. This really helps breathing more deeply, and also to stabilize breath in general, when that wave of anxiety (or even a panic attack) kicks in. So if there's a chance to to get that fresh air by opening a window or stepping out of the building, then free to do it. Daily walks outdoors, in a park or cute location, might come as a ritual as well. Especially considering the power of 10000 steps a day.

- Workouts. Now, exercising is a super powerful and helpful tool when it comes to mental health. I prefer 5 days (sometimes even all 7) a week workouts that last at least 30 minutes. I do believe that setting goals, like getting that Kardashian butt (I still have a long way to go, but I'm also dealing with anxiety), help you stay motivated.

- Special apps for anxiety, stress, panic attacks relief. If there's a big plus in this digital era, then it's sure about smartphone apps that are here to help you. So, some time ago I discovered this app called АнтиПаника (AntiPanic) that was developed in Russia by psychology professionals. Now this is one f*uckingly amazing app. Should say it does help to diminish anxiety.

- Photography. And some creative stuff in general I would say. I personally found photography, especially since I got my Olympus Pen camera in hands, taking me away from anxious, obsessive thoughts and moods. For someone who's a captive of own feelings and trials capturing the beauty of the world might come as a key.  



Photo: T. Egorova

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