5 Ways to Overcome Daily Anxiety

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Are you ready to overcome your daily anxiety so you can forever say goodbye to overwhelm, stress, and unsupportive mental thoughts?

You can! Let me show you how.

There are 5 things you can begin to implement today that will help you once and for all overcome daily anxiety. 

They are journaling, breathwork, exercise, matching your desires with your actions, and

having a support person/system.

Even if you have already tried these - you might find some new information here or a different way of looking at these items that you haven't yet seen. 

Sometimes it's the intention behind the action, that makes the biggest difference as well. 

Go in knowing that each one of these will help if given the proper time and attention.


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Barbra Styles, LPC, LAC

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Jessica Gutierrez-Gaytan, SWC

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Whittney Romero, MA, LPCC

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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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Hailey Gloden, MA, LPC, NCC

Hailey Gloden, MA, LPC, NCC

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Jennifer Luttman, LPC, ACS

Jennifer Luttman, LPC, ACS

Colorado
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Julianna Miller, LPCC

Julianna Miller, LPCC

Aurora, Colorado
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Marta Schmuki, LPC

Marta Schmuki, LPC

Colorado Springs, Colorado
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Jackie Erwin, LPC

Jackie Erwin, LPC

Colorado
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Maria Roncalli, LPC

Maria Roncalli, LPC

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Emily Murphy, LPC

Emily Murphy, LPC

Colorado
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Jasleen Karir, SWC

Jasleen Karir, SWC

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Joel Harms, MA, LPC

Joel Harms, MA, LPC

Colorado
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Joseph Anders, LPCC

Joseph Anders, LPCC

Colorado Springs, Colorado
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Sarah Lawler, LPCC

Sarah Lawler, LPCC

Colorado Springs, Colorado
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The Benefits of Journaling  

 This can be done any time of day. 

It is beneficial to carry a journal and pen with you at all times. 

This allows you to capture any racing thoughts or emotions that arise throughout the day, whether it be from external factors or internal struggles. 

By writing down these thoughts and emotions, you can gain clarity and release any pent-up tension. 

It can also serve as a tool for reflection and personal growth.

If you haven't journaled before you will soon come to find that the act of physically writing your thoughts down onto paper is like taking those thoughts and moving them from your mind to the paper. 

Like you would move a cup from your cupboard to the counter.

The cup is no longer in the cupboard ( the thoughts are no longer in your mind ) and instead on the counter ( the paper ). 

The more you do this the more you will begin to create space in your mind - which will help you overcome daily anxiety.

Journaling first thing in the morning is extra helpful as it is a great way to 'dump' essentially all the thoughts that flood in first thing upon waking down onto your paper so they aren't cluttering up your mind and causing stress and overwhelm for the rest of your day.

So go get a notebook today, if you don't have one already, so you can begin this tomorrow morning.


The Healing Power of Breathwork

A lot of the time overcoming daily anxiety is about bringing your mind and awareness back into the present moment, your body, and the world right in front of you.

When we have thoughts racing through our minds that aren't supportive of our overall well-being we tend to get stuck in our mind and separate ourselves from what's actually going on in front of us.

In order to combat this - you can utilize one of your most powerful tools - your breath. Synced with your awareness.

Breathwork is the act of consciously becoming aware that you are breathing and directing your breath in certain ways. 

By doing this you are retraining your mind and body to come back into a state of ease and rest by tapping into your parasympathetic nervous system ( rest and digest mode ).

A well-known breathwork sequence from Dr. Andrew Weil is the 4 - 6 - 8 breath. Use this technique every time you notice your anxiety spikes.

It looks like this.

- Inhale through your nose for 4 seconds.

- Hold your breath for 6 seconds.

- Exhale through your nose for 8 seconds.

- Repeat 3 times

It is simple, and it works. This will help get you out of your mind and anxiety mode - back into your body and the present moment.

The Remarkable Benefits of Exercise 

Most of us don't want to do this; because it's like taking a car that is parked and trying to get it moving by pushing it from behind. It can be hard to get started.

However, exercise helps you overcome daily anxiety tremendously well. 

Anxiety can stem from an overactive mind and those thoughts are energy that can get stuck in your body.

Movement of your body helps to move through and release those energies.

This is why sometimes it's just not desired to move because we might have a backlog of not-so-good thoughts/stuff stuck in our bodies.

It doesn't have to be hard though - and here's how. 

Instead of the gym ( unless you love the gym ) do an activity that is fun for you.

Exercise doesn't just mean heavy weights at the gym. It also looks like dancing in your kitchen while making dinner, or putting on your favorite song for a 10-minute dance break during work.

It also looks like a walk around the neighborhood or a hike out in nature; gardening or a gentle bike ride. 

You'll know you're doing it right when you are getting in a movement without even realizing you exercising. It will simply be enjoyable for you.

Start small. A walk around the block is perfect, then build from there.

Match Your Desires With Your Actions

So what does that mean? 

Whether we realize it or not anxiety can stem from a misalignment between our thoughts and our actions. 

The anxiety that springs up is our body saying hey - something is off here.

Do you find yourself telling a friend one thing and then doing something that's actually different - maybe even the opposite? 

Well, that can be confusing on many levels.

If you speak out loud ( or even just have the thought ) 'I'm going to take a walk around the block' - and instead you stay on the couch - misalignment is occurring. When this happens over and over - things get cluttered.

As you're doing your journaling - see if you can tap into what your true desires are. 

Everything from a walk around the block to where you want to buy a home and live.

Then do your absolute best to match the actions you take - and the words you speak - to those desires. 

This will bring about clarity; helping you to overcome daily anxiety.

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Support System

When we're in a tough spot, it can feel like we're wearing blinders that limit our perspective and prevent us from seeing things clearly.

As a result, we may miss important cues or opportunities that are right in front of us.

If this sounds familiar, don't hesitate to reach out for assistance. 

This could involve turning to a trusted friend who you know always has your back, a family member who encourages you, a local support group, a neighbor who can help keep tabs on you, or a trained professional who specializes in helping people in similar situations.


Taking this step is especially vital when facing daily anxiety, which can easily lead to negative thought patterns and spiraling emotions.

Spare yourself unnecessary stress by seeking support from someone who can help guide you out of this space and towards a brighter future.

Conclusion

These five techniques - journaling, breathwork, exercise, aligning actions with desires, and seeking support from others - can be powerful tools to help overcome daily anxiety. 

By committing to these practices and incorporating them into your daily routine, you can experience a significant positive impact on your mental well-being. 

Consider trying each technique individually for several weeks to evaluate their effectiveness in alleviating anxiety symptoms. 

Armed with this knowledge, it's up to you to take the next step and start incorporating these techniques into your life to find greater peace and calmness.

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