Winning the worry war
Cardiologist Dr Graham Jackson shares his top anxiety-busting techniques:
Try to remove yourself from the stressful environment or the people who irritate you at least once a day (going for a quick walk doubles the stress-busting benefit).
If you are angry, write a letter about the person or problem expressing your anger, then tear it up. (Don’t send it!) Yell and shout at a mirror, then laugh at yourself. That old advice about counting to 10 slowly while breathing deeply really does have physical effect.
Don’t rely on caffeine, alcohol or cigarettes when the going gets tough.
Don’t repress problems and let them fester – bring them into the open and try to talk things through with a friend or partner.
Try relaxation tapes, doing yoga or some breathing exercises.
Avoid over-commitment. Don’t be afraid to turn things down.
Most of all try to keep life in perspective. Remember, yesterday has gone, tomorrow hasn’t happened. Ask yourself what you would be doing if you had one day left to live. Get on with today and enjoy it.
Taken from Woman&home
April Edition Pg103