This week's challenge... be yourself!
1. GET MOVING
Go for a walk, a run, a bike ride. Moving your body releases endorphins which are known as the body's natural feel-good chemicals. They can boost your mood and lessen your pain, which can help calm your anxiety. (Learn more at The Calm Clinic )
2. BREATHE and BELIEVE
Learn to take a deep breath by trying this 30-second breathing exercise.
Inhale for a count of 4, thinking the words, "I am o-kay." Then exhale for a count of 4, again thinking the words, "I am o- kay." (Or another thought that calms you.) Repeat this at least 3 times, or as long as you need before you feel less anxious. Once you feel comfortable breathing slowly, imagine something that calms you such as the warm sun or the sound of the ocean, and continue to inhale and exhale.
3. HUG A TRUSTED FRIEND
Hugs are healing. They help slow your breathing and relax your muscles that are likely tensed from your anxiety. Let your parent, close friend or teacher know you may need a hug when you get anxious, and then allow them to help you. If no one is around, gently hugging your pet or even a stuffed animal can really help.
And if you'd like more information on anxiety or are looking for professional to help you, please click HERE to learn at NAMI (National Alliance of Mental Illness).