Anxiety has a nasty way of becoming an obstacle to any type of activity we wish to undertake, whether it’s physical or not. If anxiety is the barrier that stands in your way, then fear not, we’re here to help.
We need to get the brain in the right mindset, before we can begin looking at external activities. One of the best ways to do this is with breathing exercises. With deep breathing, you are relaxing your body, while getting the blood pumping around too. And, focusing on the breath helps to break any negative cycles of thinking that you are doing.
Deep breathing and meditation are like two peas in a pod, and it can be useful to tie these in together. Get yourself in a comfortable seat with your back upright, and limit anything in your surroundings that may distract you. Then, by focusing on the breath, you are meditating! There’s not necessarily a right or wrong way to do this, it’s simply about calming down your mind and body.
Another great alternative to this is tidying your room. This counts as a form of light exercise, and can help prepare you for some more strenuous forms of activity. It also has the added benefit of calming your mind, as a tidy room equals tidy thinking.