Five tips to help with anxious feelings

This year’s World Mental Health Day, on 10 October, comes at a time when our daily lives have changed considerably as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. There are steps you can take the moment when anxiety starts to take hold. Try these 5 expert-backed suggestions to relax your mind and help you regain control of your thoughts.

1. Make a list write down all the things you are worried about.
2. Talk to an adult or friend that you trust.
3. Do an activity you enjoy e.g. listening to music, singing, drawing, playing sport, reading.
4. Become aware of your breathing. Breathe in through your nose for 3 seconds, hold for 1 second and then out through your mouth for 3 second.
5. Recognising the signs, you are becoming anxious – e.g.  butterflies in your tummy, breathing faster than usual, feeling warmer all of sudden, fuzzy feeling in your head, sweaty palms or general agitation feeling.
Once you begin to recognise these signs you can have a plan to know what you could do to help ease them. For example; if you notice your breathing is getting faster than usual you could remind yourself to just breathe, this will help slow down your breath and ease that anxious feeling.
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