Returning to our everyday lives and ways of interacting will not be the same. Freedom to roam is within our grasp and in time curfews and lockdowns will be a distant memory.
With this new found freedom knocking at our doors many of us may be feeling less than excited to return to a new way of living. Many of you may in fact be experiencing feelings of anxiety.
I am sure most of not all of us have experienced some form of anxiety in the past year. Now life is going back to ‘normal’ you may find instead of feeling at ease you might be feeling more anxious than before. Know these feelings of apprehension and anxiety are perfectly normal coming out the other side of a year in lockdowns.
Here are just some examples of things we can do to help to decrease symptoms and feelings of anxiety in our body.
Any form of body practice takes us out of our thoughts and brings us into our bodies and back into the present moment. It is virtually impossible for us to be physically active or focused on our breath at the same time as feeling anxious.
Some great ways to get us out of our heads is through any form of exercise, gentle stretching, Yoga, or breath work. Breath work is very simple, but also so powerful. Box breathing can take us out of an anxious state in a few minutes. Assisting to activate our parasympathetic nervous system getting us back into our bodies and into a state of calm.
When anxiousness is a persistent state in our body this is what’s referred a sympathetic dominance. While we remain in this state for long periods of time it can become our natural state of being. Meaning unless we are doing things to counteract this physiological response this may end up being our bodies go to resting state.
Here are some more examples of what we can do to alleviate stress and anxiety in the body.
Body Scan Perform a full body scan, you can do this simply by focusing all your attention towards your body. Close your eyes if you can, taking a few deep breaths and starting at your toes, slowly moving your focus up through your whole body. Become aware of any sensations emotions or thoughts that may come up. Journalling after this practice and assist us in processing any emotions that may have come up.
Box Breathing Breath in for a count of 4 hold for a count of 4, exhale for a count of 4, hold for a count of 4. Do this for 6 rounds and notice the calming effect that follows.
Connecting with Nature Taking walks in nature or just sitting in amongst some tress or a forest can bring our body back into a state of homeostasis. Placing our focus on a plant or tree can bring us a sense of calm. Nature takes us away from the busyness of our daily lives and gives us a break from constantly thinking and doing.
When we can incorporate some of these types of activities and practices into our lives things often become more manageable and anxiety no longer takes over. I hope this article is helpful in some way.
© All Words Written By Evelyn M Wayde