- Diaphragmatic breathing. Sounds fancy but just means breathing with your diaphragm, the organ below your lungs. Just lay down, put one hand on your chest and the other hand on your stomach, and breathe so that the hand on your chest stays still and the hand on your stomach moves up and down. This does 2 things: 1. Relaxes your body. 2. Focuses your mind on something other than your anxiety.
2. Progressive muscle relaxation. Again, sounds fancy but just means flexing and releasing your muscles in a progression. I think it’s easiest to start at your toes and move your way up to the top of your head. So, flex and release your toes then flex and release your feet then flex and release your calves, so on and so forth until you reach the top of your head. Again, relaxes your body and focuses your mind on something other than your anxiety.
Obviously, these aren’t the only ways to cope with anxiety.
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