In the museum of emotions, anxiety is the painting featuring a contracted face with drooping eyebrows and the color of fear on the cheeks. Although the most common human likes to walk past this painting without a second glance, when forced to look at it, everyone recognizes those features as being their own at some point during their lives. Maybe that is the reason why no one wants to buy this painting. No one likes to be reminded of the times they were defeated by fear.
Breathe In. . . Breathe Out. . .
This technique lies on the premise of breathing being good for everything. When you are feeling anxious, stop whatever you are doing (in a safe way) and just breathe. Imagine that you have a balloon in your belly. Imagine the air going though your nostrils and filling the balloon. Slowly, exhale through your mouth, allowing the balloon to empty itself. Do this five times, allowing your body to relax.
The Five Senses
The Guided Imagination*
This is a technique often used in therapy when a patient is anxious. This technique believes that guiding a person into thinking of a calm scenario will increase the sense of control over the anxiety. This technique is first shown in therapy to confirm which variations work better for a specific person, and it is then taught to that person, who is incentivated to do it when going through an anxious moment.
*Note: For various reasons (i.e., health, ethics), I will not write down an example of this technique. If you are interested, contact me, and we will make sure this technique is appropriated to you.
A Face for Anxiety