6 Ways to Shake Off Your Worry and Anxiety

Anxiety and Panic Disorder

Shake It Off: Let Go of Worry and Anxiety. Photo Copyright Microsoft

Panic disorder sufferers are all too familiar with the daily struggle of dealing with constant worry and anxiety. Anxiety is a sense of overwhelming fear, nervousness, or dread that can greatly impact your mood and the quality of your life. Worry and anxiety can keep you up at night, create friction in your relationships, and often times diminish your focus. It can be challenging to break free of anxiety and live a life with less worry.

However, worry and anxiety don’t have to be a life-long sentence.

Read ahead for 6 ways to shake off your worry and anxiety. 

Find Some Humor

Research has found that laughter can help calm your flight-or-fight stress reaction, lessening feelings of anxiety and improving mood. Laughter can also help you release endorphins, a naturally occurring chemical in the brain that can reduce feelings of pain and increase one’s sense of happiness. So turn on a funny movie or hang out with that hilarious friend and laugh off the worry and anxiety.

Make Something

Spark your creativity and let go of your worry and anxiety by making something. Consider any arts or crafts that you enjoy, but don’t seem to make the time for. For instance, maybe you really enjoyed painting while you were in high school but your busy life got in the way of this habit. Perhaps there is an art or craft that you have wanted to try, such as sewing, woodworking, or jewelry making.

If you’re not sure where to start, consider taking a class or reading a how to book. Of course, you can always just jump into your creativity and simply break out a pencil paper to start drawing. The point is to get lost in the process of making something. Don’t try for perfection. Rather, get messy, make mistakes, and allow your creativity to flow.

Through the making process, you may find a sense of calm and relaxation that puts your worry and anxiety to the wayside.  

Play Your Favorite Tune

Music is known to have a positive impact on the body, mind, and spirit. Some music may lift your mood, making you want to move around, dance, and otherwise physically shake off your worry and anxiety. Other music can have a soothing affect, making you feel calmer, focused, and relaxed. Tune out your worry and anxiety and add a little more music into your life. Crank up your favorites while getting ready in the morning or when driving home from work. Put some headphones and listen to music while grocery shopping, taking a short stroll, or working out. 

Participate In a Good Cause

Giving back to your community is a positive and helpful way to get past your worry and anxiety. You may find that your worry and anxiety quickly move to the wayside when you are focusing on a good cause and helping others in need. Whether it be serving food to the homeless, delivering needed supplies to the elderly, knitting hats for newborns in intensive care, or caring for animals in a shelter, there are countless causes that you can get involved in.

Give your worry and anxiety a rest and channel that energy into finding a great volunteer opportunity.   

Strengthen and Relax Your Body

Many uncomfortable physical aches and pains can be attributed the negative impact of chronic worry and anxiety. Regular exercise and physical relaxation can counteract these effects, making you feel less drained. Physical exercise has been found to release stress hormones that can reduce one’s sense of anxiety, while improving somatic strains, such as muscle tension and tightness. Relaxation exercises, such as yoga, can help calm the body and the mind, bring about an overall sense of peaceful and satisfaction. When worry and anxiety have you feeling physical and emotional stressed, try to work it out or rest it through exercise and relaxation.

Take a Few Deep Breaths

Often times, the quickest way to lower your anxiety is to simply take a few deep breaths. Deep breathing exercises can also help you manage your panic attack symptoms. To be most effective, you should practice your breathing exercises on a regular basis. By becoming more familiar with deep breathing exercises, you will be better able to use them when panic and anxiety start to surface. Start your day off with a breathing exercise, and notice how much more relaxed you feel throughout your day. The next time you are feeling anxious, try a breathing exercise or simply take a few deep breaths and allow the calm to wash over you. 

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