Written by Danielle Adinolfi, MFT.

Originally published on PhiladelphiaMFT. 

With so many stressors that are encountered every day, it is no wonder that we are all so stressed out. Here are some tips on how to reduce your anxiety.

1. Take a deep breath. 
In through the nose, out through the mouth. A deep, cleansing breath can help you relieve some anxiety by re-focusing onto your breathing rather than the stressor.

2. Stretch it out.
When we’re stressed we tense up. Try to pinpoint the tense spots in your body (like your neck) and give them a small stretch to loosen them back up.

3. Look at the big picture.
Will the thing that is stressing you out matter 10 years from now? If not, remind yourself that your situation is only temporary.

4. Remember that no one is perfect. 
Don’t compare yourself to others because no one is perfect. We all have things we can do better, and you need to give yourself some leeway.

5. Identify your triggers.
If there are certain things that stress you out regularly, then it is time to find a more permanent solution. Try talking to a therapist to come up with positive solutions for your anxiety triggers.

 

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