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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 including reducing stress, improving sleep, increasing focus, and improving relationships. I started meditating every day almost six months ago, and it has been amazing for my mental and physical health. 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.
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Did you know meditation improves your immune system, lowers blood pressure, and 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
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. My favorite thing to do at the end of the night is climbing in bed close my eyes and listen to a book on Audible.
Audible has the world’s largest selection of audiobooks, with over 425,000 audiobooks available you are sure to find a perfect listen for you. You can try audible for free for 30 days, and if you click HERE, you will get two FREE audiobooks on us. This is the product that helped me to make more time for reading in my daily life, which has been a goal of mind for forever. I like to listen to audio books while I am working out and on my morning commute.