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How to Calm Your Anxious Thoughts and Feel More in Control

Disclaimer | This post is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.



Do you ever feel like your thoughts are racing a mile a minute?


Anxiety can be overwhelming, making it hard to focus and feel in control. The good news is there are techniques you can learn to manage anxious thoughts and find a sense of calm.


In this post, we'll explore some simple strategies to help quiet your mind and navigate those anxious moments.



Write down what you're feeling

Whenever I start to experience anxiety, I take some time to ask myself what am I feeling? and why am I feeling this way? Writing things down is a great way to process your emotions, thoughts and try to understand what is actually going on in your mind.


Having a clear view of the situation is something that helps calm me down and feel more in control. More often than not, I end up realizing that I am in no actual danger, and that my worries are not real threats. Other times, I am able to better understand what is causing my anxiety and find solutions to resolve these issues.



Take some time to be alone

If you find that being around people, noises, bright lights, or smells may cause you any sort of sensory overload, take some time to sit in a quiet room by yourself.


I like to listen to calming music, smell lavender and peppermint essential oils, and just breathe. Also, taking a break from the internet, the news, social media, etc. is a great help. Shutting down the world and the people around me for a few hours just to be by myself is incredibly helpful.



Drink water

Drinking water is a great way to calm your mind. According to Calm Clinic (here is the article I referenced), dehydration can either make your symptoms worse, or be a contributing factor to cause anxiety.


Staying hydrated can be surprisingly helpful when managing anxiety. Some people experience increased urination during anxious periods (there's actually some science behind this!), which can leave you feeling drained. To combat this, I find it beneficial to sip on cool water throughout the day. It not only rehydrates but also provides a refreshing break and a sense of self-care. Instead of feeling like a chore, focusing on the act of drinking water can become a calming ritual.





Focus on activities that make you feel at ease

Breathing exercises, coloring, painting, dancing, reading affirmations... there are so many great activities you can do to keep your mind engaged while also relaxing.


Taking time off from your regular routine is a tremendous help. At the beginning it can be really hard, especially if you're used to feeling guilty for "wasting time" when you could be working.


Trying to get work done when I cannot focus or remember things, is not good for me or for my business. I have learned that forcing myself to create content when I am dealing with anxiety is not a good practice. I would much rather take some time to process my emotions and then come back feeling refreshed and inspired to put the best of me into the work I do.



Being able to calm your mind and find ways to better manage your anxious thoughts is an everyday practice. Remember to be consistent and patient with yourself. Listen to your mind and body, and do what works best for you.




Until next time.

Gabriela Fernández



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