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3 NEW Ways to Manage Anxiety

Today I’m giving you 3 new ways to manage anxiety. Yes, some of the most tried and true forms of anxiety and stress management are yoga and meditation, but those options aren’t always available.

We can’t pop into downdog at the office or dive deep into meditation when we’re stuck in traffic. But the good news is that there ARE other ways we can watch out for our mental health, and I’m covering those on today’s Q&A.

Over to you: have you ever dealt with anxiety? How do you manage it when you can’t get to your yoga mat or make time for meditation?

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    Erich M

    August 2, 2017 at 7:29 am

    I know from personal experience how much control my brain and thoughts have control of my health, and anxiety triggered a lot of problems. I always had to make sure to take time to focus on all the positives in my life. Thank you!

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      Erin Motz

      August 3, 2017 at 4:51 pm

      Absolutely! I’m def one of those people who can read something on a screen, think it in my brain, and feel it in my body. Super creepy that our minds are so powerful.

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    Juliet

    August 2, 2017 at 8:01 am

    I wrestle with Depression and anxiety and have done for years. Nowadays R2BC always helps for me – Reasons To Be Cheerful. Just starting to list the ways in which I am lucky, the things I have to be grateful for, can interrupt the negative spiral and give my brain enough of a pause to re-set it. I usually start with the huge things that we can so easily take for granted: clean water; roof over my head; bed to sleep in; clean air to breathe; safe place to use the toilet; and go on to all the multitude of other things like nice ineraction with person in shop; use of washing machine; use of car; living in a green rural area – and so on and so on till I bore myself and pop out the other end calmer and more positive.

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      Erin Motz

      August 3, 2017 at 4:52 pm

      I do the same! I’m reading “Man’s Search for Meaning” and all the talk of concentration camps in there makes me focus on all the little things I have to be grateful for, too.

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    Marybeth

    August 2, 2017 at 8:08 am

    These are great suggestions! I love the idea of creating distance….plan to use that one!!! πŸ™‚

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      Erin Motz

      August 3, 2017 at 4:53 pm

      Awesome! πŸ™‚

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    Jodi

    August 2, 2017 at 9:18 am

    Thank you! I needed that this week! #life

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      Erin Motz

      August 3, 2017 at 4:53 pm

      Glad it came at the right time πŸ˜‰

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    Kelly

    August 2, 2017 at 10:42 am

    One thing I use (and recommend to clients) is grounding. There are many ways to do this but one way I like is to focus on everything I see around me and just notice it and name it. Taking a few minutes to just focus on what you can see and describe it helps take you out of an anxious moment and is another way to give yourself space from overwhelming emotions.

    http://www.peirsac.org/peirsacui/er/educational_resources10.pdf

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      Erin Motz

      August 3, 2017 at 6:07 pm

      Yeah! Several people mentioned this to me in IG messages– will have to try this myself!

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    Brenda Kirkup

    August 3, 2017 at 6:51 am

    Thank You I will try this.

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      Erin Motz

      August 3, 2017 at 6:08 pm

      i hope it helps! πŸ™‚

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    Sarah F

    August 12, 2017 at 11:12 pm

    Something that I learned through therapy is that sometimes your emotions betray you, which is a hard thing to understand. So sometimes, your body is acting like there is a physical threat to you and your fight or flight response kicks in, but it’s not correct. Kind of like when you said, “What if it isn’t true?” Sometimes those feelings are just that, just feelings. Sometimes if this happens it helps to look around and remember that the sun is shining and it’s a good day, it’s just a passing feeling. This doesn’t help all the time, but I’m looking forward to trying this personification idea!

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