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Article By: Jonnie Davis
Last week was an intensely stressful week for me to say the least. So on top of the lengthy to-do list I already had, and the heaps of studying I had to finish. I’m sitting at work, and I get a text from my boyfriend reminding me that I have a doctor’s appointment. I involuntarily freak out, knowing I have to get two shots throughout my checkup.
When I was a child, I was utterly terrified of needles, and not much has changed. On the floor sobbing, can’t catch my breath scared. I will avoid going near any needle at all cost, so just the thought of visiting the doctor gave me a full-on panic attack. I was anxious the whole night, and couldn’t focus on anything. Often our fears and phobias can leave us with a restless mind. We tend to get exceptionally anxious before a substantial event, or in my case a doctor’s appointment. Here are some of the ways I soothe an uneasy mind.
1. Go For A Walk
Nature has been proven to help everything from ADHD to productivity. If you have ever taken a walk in the park, completed a hike, or a bike ride outdoors, you know how much joy can come from such a simple act. A 25-minute walk in the fresh air does miracles for the mind and the body. There is indeed nothing more calming than sitting in a park or a peaceful forest to clear your head. Be sure not to bring your phone or any electronics so you can truly unplug. Unplugging is excellent for the soul and any anxious thoughts you may be having. Taking a walk outside is the perfect time to turn off the phone and be fully present in the moment. Bring along your friends or a family member for some additional company and laughs.
2. Meditate For 15 Minutes
Meditation helps to quiet an overactive mind. If you are feeling restless meditation helps to get rid of fearful racing thoughts. Meditating has tremendous benefits but can be intimidating for a beginner. I started meditating every day almost six months ago, and it has been amazing for my health and well-being. Let me tell you now it is not an easy thing and takes lots of practice and concentration. The benefits make it worth the effort. Meditation improves your immune system, lowers blood pressure, and of course reduces stress. If you’re not sure how to meditate there are plenty of videos to walk you through the process. Here is one of the favorites that helped me to get started: How To Meditate – The No Bullshit Guide to Meditation
3. Unplug (No emails or social media)
5. Listen to Your Favorite Tunes or Calming sounds
5. Practice Gratitude
6. Cry it Out
7. Take a Long Relaxing Bath
8. Sleep it Off
9. Practice Mindfulness
10. Read Your Favorite Book or Blog
Instead of watching television or scrolling through your social media feed grab your favorite book. Preferably one you’ve read before, this way your mind doesn’t need to travel to far.