As we begin to get dates in the diary and plan to slowly rebuild our lives again, for many out there the feeling of apprehension and anxiety may override the sense of excitement in getting back out into the world.
It’s only natural that a feeling of fear may kick in, especially the anticipation of crowds.
Having spent months in our own little bubbles and feeling safe within the walls of our own home’s, this common emotion will be shared amongst many until confidence is regained.
Anxiety can manifest itself in a variety of ways but the most common is as a panic attack. It usually happens when all the body’s stress responses go into overdrive and activate at the wrong time – this is the body’s way of preparing you to either fight or flee when you sense danger (real or imagined).
Symptoms may include difficulty breathing, dizziness, sweating, heart palpitations, chest pain and nausea. Identifying these symptoms before the onset of a panic attack can really help as you can try to manage your anxiety and prevent it from taking control of you when out and about.
I wanted to share a few techniques that I have always recommended for others when faced in a stressful situation or needing to take control of their emotions.
Deep breathing can instantly calm the mind and help to relieve any stress. A technique I personally apply is to breathe in for 5 seconds, hold for 5 seconds, then breathe out for 5 seconds.
Being positive about all areas of your life can help change things around you and, more importantly, within you. When anxious thoughts take over, positive affirmations can help you take back control and begin changing these thought patterns. This can be practised whilst using the deep breathing technique. For example, “I inhale confidence, exhale fear”.
Aromatherapy is a natural remedy used to help relieve anxiety and stress. An hour before going to bed, try adding a few drops of either Lavender/ Chamomile / Lemon Balm oil to a diffuser in your bedroom. The aroma from each of these oils have been proven to help reduce anxiety levels whilst also helping to create a soothing atmosphere to promote a good night sleep.
In addition, I recommend keeping a pulse point roller ball (pre blended) in the car or handbag for when out and about – ideal for when you need to find a moment of calm!
If you can, remove yourself from the situation that is causing you anxiety and find a quieter spot. Close your eyes as this helps reduce surrounding stimuli and allows you to concentrate on your breathing. Try and focus your mind on your ‘happy place’, wherever this may be. Doing the above will allow you to momentarily escape from the anxiety-inducing situation until you feel yourself calming down.
Reflexology is a natural, non-invasive therapy that is beneficial for all ages (including babies). Reflexology aims to create a stronger body and calmer mind.
Through the application of pressure to certain reflex points in the feet or hands, it can help the body deal more efficiently with stress and anxiety. One specific reflex point I like to focus on for anxiety is the diaphragm. This is the main muscle of respiration and is vital to the breathing process. Relaxing this point may help you take clearer, deeper breathes which will supply the body with more oxygen. In turn, this may allow your body to cope more effectively during stressful situations.
Please do get in touch if you are interested in experiencing the benefits of reflexology.
I look forward to seeing your feet again from the 12th April! xx