Mindfulness Activities - Exercise to Soothe Anxiety
Let’s be real, when we are stressed-out, sad, anxious, irritated, or angry, we typically want those feelings to just disappear. It can be difficult to sit with uncomfortable emotions, especially when we feel like there's no way out. We might try to drown them out with Netflix, work, exercise, wine, or snacks. Or maybe we try to blast out the blues with positive affirmations or little pep talks in the mirror.
And while some of these activities can be helpful in the moment, not addressing how we feel, can affect our physical and mental health. However, we're in luck! By practicing mindfulness activities, we can better understand ourselves and our emotions — negative or positive.
Here are eight mindfulness techniques we found to help find calm in our daily lives:
Sound game: listen to the world around you. Identify eight sounds you hear, either from inside your body, in the room, or somewhere in the distance.
Intention setting exercise: Setting aside a little time in the morning to set intentions helps you start the day with a clear mind. This can include journaling, moving your body, reading, or meditation. Be flexible and do what feels best for you.
Ground your feet: place your feet flat on the ground — (even if you’re sitting). Inhale for three seconds, then exhale for three seconds. Concentrate on your breathing and your connection to the floor beneath your feet.
Deep breathing exercise: have you ever paid attention to how your body feels as your breath travels through your body? Find a comfortable position and slowly take a breath. Follow each breath. Notice where it starts, how it feels coming in through your nose, filling your chest, and exiting through your mouth. It’s a simple way to relieve stress.
Eat slowly: challenge yourself to take 30 seconds to savor something like a strawberry or piece of chocolate. Acknowledge the smell, taste, and how it feels as you chew it.
Candle study: light your favorite candle where you can look at it closely. Watch the candle and notice how the flame flickers. Your mind may wander but try your best to focus on the candle.
Name game: look around your environment. Name three things you see, two you hear, and one you feel. This helps you become more aware of your surroundings. Walk outside: sometimes, some fresh air is exactly what you need. If you can, go for a self-reflective walk or even just stick your head out a window. Let the fresh air seep into your lungs. You will be surprised how something so simple can go a long way.
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