5 simple steps to let go of anxious thoughts
Anxiety is one of the biggest problems in today’s world. Millions of people suffer from it and research shows that rates of anxiety has skyrocket in the past decades, especially in the the modern world.
In Ayurveda anxiety is treated as a symptom, not a problem. It is always a symptom of a dosha-imbalance (a dosha is a body & mind type with specific mental and physical characteristics. You can read more about this HERE). If the dosha imbalance isn’t treated the anxiety can turn into a chronic disorder and have a greater effect on our health. In fact it is common that women with chronic anxiety disorders are more likely to suffer from depression, hypertension, digestive issues, gastrointestinal disorders, eczema, skin problems, arthritis, cysts and thyroid disorders.
Both men and women who suffer from long-term anxiety have a greater risk of developing cardiac disease, hypertension, gastrointestinal disorders, hair loss, asthma, and back pain. You can read more about how to prevent imbalances with Ayurveda and what Aurveda can do for you HERE.
If you are suffering from anxiety follow my 5 simple steps to let go of anxious thoughts
1. Accept that you can’t control what happens to you
If you are anxious, step back for a minute and feel your anxiety. Then ask yourself “Why am I anxious?”, “What triggers my anxiety right now?”. Identify it first. Is it a place? Is it a person? Is it a meeting? Is it money? Is it someone at work? Is it thinking about your future?
Life is full of uncertainty. We never know what’s behind the corner. We can’t control anything in life. People and situations can change within seconds, and yes there are people out there who will treat you badly, who will disrespect you, who will act selfish and who will hurt you.
Focus on your health and well-being and accept that life can be stressful, people will disappoint you and circumstances will change. The more you stress, the more negative cortisol will increase in your body which triggers anxiety. On long-term this can cause severe illness in the body and mind.
Rather than worrying about the things you can’t do, try to focus on what you can do now with the tools you have. If someone triggers stress or anxiety in you all the time the only thing you can do is to stay away or avoid contact with the person. You can’t let other people control your life and emotions, but you can choose to let go and remove toxic people or unhealthy relationships and situations from your life.
2. Breathe it out
If you feel anxious, first thing to do is to sit down and begin to focus your attention on your breath. Many men and women with anxiety suffer from poor breathing habits. You need to slow down and calm down your breathing. Use my following technique:
- Breathe in slowly and gently through your nose and count to 3
- Hold for about 3 seconds
- Breathe out slowly through your nose or mouth to the count of 5
Repeat this exercise 5-10 times. This method of yogic breathing will ensure that you’re not hyperventilating, a common problem of those with anxiety.
You can also follow my easy 3 min routine here below and practise it every day to release anxiety. You will feel relaxed and calm after this 3 min practice:
3. Learn what triggers your anxiety
Anxiety doesn’t come out of the blue. There is often a relationship to your reactions and what you experience in life. Is it a relationship or a person who triggers you? Stay away and let go of toxic people who create negative vibes in your life. Do you feel anxious about a place, your work or your Manager at work? Don’t waste your time and life being in an environment which doesn’t feed your soul. Tell yourself:
- I will not let anxiety take over my life
- I am strong and able to move on
4. Connect with nature
I asked a friend of mine what helps her anxiety and what makes her feel better. “Nature”, she said. Long walks in nature or near water is something which also helps her anxiety. Nature is our true medicine. Spend time in it. Breathe in the fresh air. Look at the flowers. Dip your toes in the sea. Walk in the snow. Look at the sky. And remember that your thoughts are often “a heat in the moment”. Let go and stop worrying so much about things you can’t control.
5. Meditate and let your anxious thoughts melt away
A regular meditation practise is very helpful. Studies show that people who meditate between 5-20 minutes a day have less cortisol levels in their body. Cortisol is a stress hormone and when it’s high it increases anxiety.
You can start an easy meditation routine for beginners at home and be in your own comfortable surroundings. I suggest you try my easy meditation practise (preview below) where I have collected 3 magical meditation techniques and made it easy and simple for you to gain peace and inner calm.
DOWNLOAD THE MEDITATION HERE
Want to get rid of anxious thoughts today? TRY MY GUIDED MEDITATION FOR INNER PEACE & HARMONY AND SAY GOODBYE TO ANXIOUS THOUGHTS
With all my love, peace and health,