Top tips for reducing anxiety
A client I was coaching today told me that anxiety is ruling her life. Actually, it is ruining it. Her anxiety influences every aspect of her life and interferes with how effectively she overcomes the obstacles which stand between her and her goals.
Working with a coach is a great way to stay on track, but remember to take responsibility for your own success and add value to the work you do with your coach in between sessions.
If anxiety is getting in your way, here are my top tips to taking the first steps and getting back in control.
In my personal experience, I have found that bach flower remedies are great for managing and moving through states of anxiety. Cerato, aspen, mimulus, chestnut bud and white chestnut can all help to reduce feelings of anxiety and unhelpful thoughts.
The mind cannot tell the difference between reality and imagination, which is why we feel physical fear if we watch a scary movie. The same applies to feeling relaxed, simply imagining a relaxing and serene situation can help to reduce anxiety. I like to listen to guided visualisation meditations. My favourite is "contacting your inner guide" by Shakti Gawain.
Watch your language! What we think and speak, we feel and become. We can improve our state of well-being by choosing thoughts and words in a more helpful way. For example, replace "anxiety rules my life" with "I am learning how to control anxiety and getting better at it each time I practise.".
These little tips can make big difference! Try them out for yourself today.
Elle-Louise Howe, life coach.