How to Ease (Summertime) Anxiety
I’m excited to share that this summer I have an intern who was a previous coaching client of mine! Christie was in high school when we worked together and now she is heading into her senior year of college. (Time flies!)
She is hoping to work in the mental health field and reached out to assist me this summer. She is an inspiring young woman who wants to make a difference for others struggling with anxiety. And how beautiful is this photo of her?!
Below she shares her favorite tips for easing anxiety, some of which we worked on together a few years ago.
I think it's a good time of year to share because sometimes the summer can create even more anxiety. There is so much we try to fit in in a few short months while the weather is nice, especially here in the Northeast. There are lots of events and rushing around and we still have to work, do laundry, run errands, etc. It's not all sitting around at the beach, even here on Cape Cod!
“No matter where you are or what you’re going through, always believe that there is light at the end of your tunnel… some tunnels just happen to be longer than others”.~Ada Adams
How to Ease Anxiety
1. Listen to your surroundings
Try listening to the simplest noises when you want to ease anxiety before bedtime, during a meditation or at any point of your day. Nature sounds allow you to be more in tune with your surroundings while helping to calm your body.
- the rustling of trees/ bushes
- the crashing of waves at the beach and the tide going in and out
- the chirping of birds
- Piano music (or any calming, slow tempo music)
Sounds of nature are proven to help control our autonomic nervous system:
In terms of anxiety, when your brain seems to be going at rapid speed in all different directions, and the overwhelming and helpless feelings begin to kick in, it is important to find ways to control this.
In relation to the brain, the autonomic nervous system is controlled by the hypothalamus, which regulates hormones, body temperature, emotional responses, appetite, and so much more.
You can physically listen to the nature around you, or search videos and put headphones in.
Here are a few helpful links:
2. 4-7-8 Breathing
Developed by Dr. Andrew Weil: https://www.healthline.com/health/4-7-8-breathing#1
Brings your body into a state of relaxation by allowing your body to replenish its oxygen→ oxygen boost for your organs!
- Helps gain control over breathing
- Use in times of stress
- Calms panic/anxiety attacks
- Helpful for falling asleep
How it Works:
- Inhale through your nose for 4 seconds
- Then hold your breath for seven seconds
- Exhale for 8 seconds
- Repeat as many cycles as needed!
We'd love to hear from you! What do you do to ease anxiety during busy times?
Shayna & Christie
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