Anxiety can be overwhelming — and much longer-lasting than regular stress. It can gnaw at you so incessantly you feel as though you are being eaten alive.
I’ve found that when I’m experiencing life through the lens of anxiety, everything is heightened — and not in a good way. One momentary failure can suddenly equate to a failed life. I didn’t fail just one test — I’ve been bad at tests since I was born and I’ll never pass another one. One success plus a hungry ego can get me attached to future anxieties: A simple mental image of me getting married can quickly raise questions like, “When are we going to have kids? How can we afford them? What if I have problems with my pregnancy? What if our baby gets sick?"
To soothe anxiety and feel supported, this one-two punch emotional/physical workout helps me every time. When you’re really anxious, all you can do is focus on the situation that you fear and imagine it spiraling out of control, right? The goal of this workout is to move your heightened anxiety into a place where the worries can be flatlined, then neutralized. Check it out below: