Living with Anxiety

Living with anxiety can be challenging, especially for those who have recently been diagnosed. Anxiety is a common mental health condition characterized by excessive worry, fear, and unease. It can manifest in various ways, such as panic attacks, social anxiety, or generalized anxiety disorder. It’s important to remember that you are not alone in this journey. Seeking support from loved ones, friends, or mental health professionals can be immensely helpful. Developing coping mechanisms, like deep breathing exercises or mindfulness techniques, can also provide some relief. Remember to be patient with yourself and prioritize self-care as you navigate this new chapter in your life.

Muscle Relaxation Video

Muscle relaxation videos, also called progressive muscle relaxation exercises, can be a beneficial tool for managing anxiety. You watch these videos, and they guide you through different techniques to relax your muscles. They’re great because they help you unwind, reduce muscle tension, and take your mind off anxious thoughts. When you watch these videos, you can also focus on your breathing and become more aware of your body, which can help you feel more in control of your anxiety symptoms. Whether you use them alone or as part of a bigger anxiety management plan, muscle relaxation videos are a super easy and accessible way to chill out and find your inner calm.

Videos on Youtube

Many muscle relaxation videos exist on YouTube.  Some videos are linked below. Watching these videos is at your own risk. Ask your doctor if doing progressive muscle relaxation is safe for you!

Progressive Muscle Relaxation Video 1

Progressive Muscle Relaxation Video 2

Do a Breathing Exercise

Breathing exercises are awesome for tackling anxiety because they help us chill out. When we’re all stressed and anxious, our bodies go into overdrive with rapid heartbeats and shallow breaths. But deep breathing exercises come to the rescue! They activate the relaxation response, bringing down our heart rate, blood pressure, and stress hormones. Plus, they pump up the oxygen levels, giving us a sense of calm and mental clarity. And hey, focusing on our breath helps us switch our attention away from those anxious thoughts, keeping us in the present moment. So, if you’re looking for a cool and easy way to kick anxiety to the curb, give breathing exercises a try! You got this!

Videos on Youtube

Many breathing videos exist on YouTube.  Some videos are linked below. Watching these videos is at your own risk. Ask your doctor if doing breathing exercises is safe for you!

4-7-8 Breathing Video

Box Breathing Video

Observe your Environment with Eyes and Ears

Observing your environment is great for reducing anxiety. It helps you be mindful and aware of your thoughts, feelings, and sensations. You learn to understand your anxiety triggers and how to respond to them effectively. It keeps you present “in the moment” and reminds you that thoughts and emotions are temporary. Overall, it’s a powerful tool for managing anxiety.

Videos on Youtube

Many grounding and observation videos exist on YouTube.  Some videos are linked below. Watching these videos is at your own risk. Ask your doctor if doing grounding and observation exercises is safe for you!

5-4-3-2-1 Method of Observation and Grounding

Bird Watching and Listening Video

Do a Large Stretch with your Body

Stretching can help with anxiety by promoting relaxation and reducing muscle tension. It can help release physical tension in the body, which is often associated with feelings of anxiety. Stretching also increases blood flow and oxygenation to the muscles, which can help improve mood and reduce stress. Additionally, stretching can enhance body awareness and mindfulness, allowing individuals to focus on their breath and physical sensations, which can help calm the mind and reduce anxiety.

Videos on Youtube

Many stretch exercises exist on YouTube.  Some videos are linked below. Watching these videos is at your own risk. Ask your doctor if doing stretching exercises is safe for you!

Seated Full Body Stretch Video

Quick Relief Stretch Video

Want to Learn More?

STG Health Services Inc. created this webpage and Anxiety Action Card to provide evidence-based tips and strategies for dealing with anxiety. If you want to connect with an STG mental health provider, please call (306) 518-8701. Services are provided throughout Saskatchewan only.

First Nation individuals and Métis Nation Saskatchewan citizens might have access to free mental health services.

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