Today, across the world, it is known as World Mental Health Day. Paying attention to the fact, that it is ok not to be ok. The important thing is recognizing and dealing with your feelings/experiences as they arise, and not pushing them down inside. This is important because what goes down must eventually come back up, if not resolved. So, take 5. When you are feeling anxious, sit with those feelings and figure out where they are coming from. While doing that take some deep breaths; in for a count of 4 and out for a count of 5. As you are taking those breaths, where are you feeling your anxiety; stomach, hands, chest? Knowing your body is important because that is how you know when you are feeling triggered, anxious, etc.
Keep doing the breathing until you feel your anxiety subside. The more you do this, the easier and natural it becomes, when under stress. The aim is to recognize the anxiety before it comes full blown and is hard to navigate and get out of. I know, I know, as I have been told by some clients, easier said than done. It will take time with practice, not impossible. So, give it a try!
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