Daily habits to reduce stress and anxiety. How to feel happier and more fulfilled?
Topics from Vlog #28:
- Some strategies I would use to lower the anxiety
- How stress affects your body?
- The skill to come your emotions down and not to feel fear
- How to start actually by changing and see whether it will improve your mood?
- How to be in a proactive , no reactive state?
- Stop Comparing yourself to others
Watch the film:
The link between my running pattern and my mental health and emotional state.
If I am confident and calm, I tend to run very far to the next city. But if I'm stressed out, I tend to make small rounds near the house, which of course can be easily.
When I'm stressed, I make small rounds around the house because I am vulnerable and I want to have a quick escape to my house if the danger appears. My monkey brain does not know that my stress is completely unrelated to physical danger. So it forces me to run small rounds around the house.
Nowdays one of the most important is the skill to come your emotions down and not to feel anxiety and fear.
This is something you cannot do by external things. This is something you can only working on yourself and on your mind. If I think about this fear, I know what I'm afraid of.
I know what I don't like my current situation and I know what should they change. The best way is to start actually by changing it and see whether it will improve my mood and it will lower the anxiety or not. It's simple, but it's not easy.
I'm going to try to be useful and I will suggest some strategies I would use to lower the anxiety.
1- Start running and start exercising daily in the morning
Start exercising in a way to be exhausted and to do it early in the morning. Before you actually start your day, before you actually attack your tasks, before you plan.
This is important because if you attack your day and start planning without calming your thoughts, you will make bad decisions. You will choose to do things you don't want to do. You will be in a reactive rather than proactive state.
2 - Focus your attention on the things you can control
The things you can change, improve or modify in some ways. A lot of our stress comes from our thinking that we are trapped and that we don't have any way out of this trap.
If you start by attacking the tasks you have control over, then you will gain more and more self confidence with each of these tasks completed.
3 - Limit your "inputs"
Which means that you should not read the news, social media, should not use Instagram. All of those places will make you feel miserable.
Comparing yourself to others and coming to conclusions that your life is a mess and you should do better.
Ditching the smartphone, selling it is actually a very good strategy. By this one simple action, you are cutting yourself out from all the distractions and the unwanted inputs that would make you more depressed and less willing to act.
That's pretty much it to do those three things, you will substantially lower your anxiety and you'll be more willing to do things in your day.
I think that you will feel happier and more more fulfilled. A lot of those things I am doing since long time and I know it works.
But as I stated this morning, it still is a problem for me sometimes. Sometimes the external situation, the people with whom I work, the economic situation in the world, other people's actions, all those things are way more difficult than I have expected and are challenging for me.
Maybe I should run longer distances and modify something else in my life?