Have Anxiety and Fear, What to Do to Feel Calm?

Let’s face it, fear and anxiety levels are higher than they’ve ever been for most people around the world since the COVID’19. We were all brought down to the knees owing to the pandemic. But since we can’t control many aspects of our lives, and we can’t run away from our worries, the best thing to do is transform the way we perceive these constant threats, face and overcome our fears head-on.

Luckily, crises make the best opportunities for personal and spiritual growth. As the myriad of things that fill up our usually hectic lives are whittled away, let’s make the best of our time to build ourselves back better. 

Here, I’ll talk about a few simple and practical steps we can all take to alleviate our anxieties, feel better and be happier.


Tip 1) Breathe to Relieve

morning meditation versus night meditation

Do you know how they say take a few deep breaths when you’re feeling stressed or overwhelmed? Well, that will certainly make you feel less stressed and overwhelmed. 

But, if you want to start feeling amazing, try taking deep breaths for 20 or 30 minutes. This is a powerful meditation for calming your nerves and quieting your mind. Just sit in a quiet place, set a timer, or check the clock before you begin, and focus on the feeling of your breath coming in and out. 

During the pandemic era, a lot of us suffered from panic owning to the covid anxiety but with meditation, you are told to focus on your breath, and the anxiety starts to dissipate.

Everything we do and how we feel starts with our breath. It’s the most important function of our body. We can go for days without sleep, food, and water, but only a few minutes without breathing. 


Tip 2) When In Doubt, Breathe In Breathe Out 

Most people though, especially when we’re stressed or anxious or afraid, breathe in a way that can cause chronic pain, injury, poor organ function, and respiratory problems. Negative thoughts and emotions cause us to hold our breath unconsciously or take short shallow breaths. This leads to our muscles, joints, lungs, and organs being deprived of oxygen-rich blood cells.

There’s a reason we take a big sigh when we’re stressed. Sighs are designed to relieve our stress. So go ahead, sigh more often. Sigh all the time. Let it out. We may not even be aware of the stress and anxiety we’re feeling because we are so consumed in our thoughts, so the more the merrier. 

Most of our autonomic nervous system (the functions of the body that happen automatically), like our heart rate and digestion, happen automatically and are out of our control. But breathing is a unique function that is both automatic and that we can control. This is why breathing is the doorway to our spiritual well-being. 

In stress, our breath becomes choppy and shallow. When we’re calm and relaxed, it becomes smooth and deep, ut, it is in these times of stress that we can turn our focus to our breath, make it smooth and controlled, and before you know it, your body and mind will become relaxed as well.


Tip 3) Stretch and Move to the Groove

covid stress and anxiety

Anxiety leads to oxygen-deprived muscles and joints, which leads to pulled muscles, painful joints, and muscular issues like back and neck pain. 

Luckily, there are a million fun and relaxing ways to get moving and feel amazing from home. Whether it’s yoga or just a few stretches like touching your toes that make your body feel great, do it! Do it a lot. 

As we get older, our body becomes more and more immobile. Daily yoga and stretching will keep your body flexible and nimble well into old age. 

So many of physical problems stem from a psychological cause. Luckily, it works in reverse too. Start getting physically healthy and our brain starts producing more of the happiness chemicals in our brain (dopamine, endorphins, serotonin, etc…).


Tip 4) Eat Good Food for a Good Mood

Unfortunately, everything they said about food is true. You are what you eat. Let food be thy medicine. Treat your body like a temple. You can pay the farmer—or pay the doctor. 


Tip 5) Connect and Reflect

restless leg syndrome meditation

Science has shown that social bonds promote healing and happiness. Reach out to people you can connect with and talk about what you’re going through. Chances are, they can relate. This can be done with your friends, family, religious organization.

It’s been proven that strong social bonds are directly related to health and longevity. 


Tip 6) Be Kind, Unwind

As Rudyard Kipling wrote, “If you can keep your head when all about you are losing theirs… yours is the earth and everything that’s in it.” Those words have probably never been more relevant. 

Be kind to yourself and others. Nobody’s perfect and we shouldn’t expect perfection. With meditation, you can curb down your anxiety and move towards a calmer overall perspective. 

Moreover, turn off the news and social media from time to time. When worries and doubts come into your mind, bring your mind back to your breath. 

You can do this! Things will get better. This too shall pass. You’ve made it this far! Way to go.

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