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WORKOUT YOUR WORRY

WORKOUT YOUR WORRY

//by: Fatema AlOthman//

EXERCISES YOU CAN DO TO COMBAT ANXIETY RIGHT NOW

Anxiety can be hard to fight even in the best of times. But as the world continues to change, and it seems like new problems arise every day, finding moments of tranquility is even harder.

Anxiety exercises are powerful tools you can use to relax whether you need relief from a stress or you’re looking for a new routine to manage generalized anxiety disorder.

Benefits of anxiety exercises
Luckily, there are lots of exercises you can use to recover from Worries and reduce generalized anxiety.
Breathing exercises can be helpful in the moment when you’re feeling really intense anxiety or worried.

Mindfulness exercises for anxiety relief
Mindfulness is a great technique which can help you slow down, relax, and take stock. You can use mindfulness exercises to identify what you’re really feeling and to process those feelings without judgment.

  1. Go through self checkout: Body scan
    Performing a body scan, or progressive muscle relaxation, can be helpful if you’re feeling really tense during the day or if you’re feeling too anxious to sleep
    To do this exercise, lie on your back with your legs and arms extended in a comfortable position. Focus all of your attention on your body parts, one by one, starting at your feet.
    You can either do a scan of any sensations or emotions associated with your body, or simply relax each part as you come to it.
  2. Start daydreaming: Visualization
    When practicing visualization, it can help to start by doing one of the breathing exercises above so your body is as relaxed as possible.
    Visualization is cool because you can dream up anything that will make you feel at ease. For example, you can visualize sitting on warm sand at a beach with the soft sand between your toes. Align your breathing to the ebb and flow of the waves and imagine the scent of salty air.
    If it helps you get in the zone, play some ocean sounds on Spotify in the background.
  3. Write this down: Journaling
    During this time, you can write anything that comes to mind. When the timer goes off, put your pen down and step away from your writing for a while. You can come back to it later if you’d like and read it and go through your thoughts and feelings.

Physical exercises for reducing anxiety
Most experts agree that exercise can alleviate anxiety both in the short term and long term. Exercising releases endorphins and a routine incorporating exercise that feels good to your body and mind can help keep anxiety at bay over time.

  1. Sweat it out: Cardio
    Intense aerobic exercise is probably going to be more helpful than lower intensity exercise for managing your anxiety, but just work on getting those endorphins flowing through your body somehow!
  2. HIIT workout
    Try going for a run or doing HIIT workout to see if feeling the burn can help melt away your anxiety.
  3. Dance
    Looking for a cardio exercise that doesn’t feel like a workout? Start a dance party! Sometimes when you’re feeling the weight of the world on your shoulders, you’ve got to Shake it off.

Looking for a cardio exercise that doesn’t feel like a workout? Start a dance party! Sometimes when you’re feeling the weight of the world on your shoulders, you’ve got to Shake it off.

If you’ve tried breathing, mindfulness, and physical exercises for anxiety and just can’t find the relief you need, make sure to reach out to a mental health professional for help.

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