Some Day-to-Day Strategies to Help You Deal with Anxiety

I’m sure I don’t need to even say that if you experience anxiety, please seek treatment or support.

But what do you do while you’re waiting for the treatment to take effect, or to find out which strategy, such as hypnotherapy for anxiety, will be the best approach for you?

Here are a few tried-and-tested activities that many anxiety sufferers have said can help to at least ease your anxiety a little.

Some Day-to-Day Strategies to Help You Deal with Anxiety

Get Out of the House

This is easier said than done for many anxiety sufferers, who sometimes see their home as the only place where they are safe. But getting out can make a huge difference. There is no need to undertake a challenging social event. Spend a little time in your garden or outside at first. Breathe in the fresh air. Take a look at the plants and trees. Enjoy a cup of tea or coffee outside, instead of inside. When you are ready to go further, just take a little wander around the block. Visit a small local store if you have one. Buy a treat to take back home – or eat it in the park if you feel more confident. You may be surprised how much better these tiny steps can make you feel.


Exercise doesn’t have to be extreme or athletic to help improve your mood. Even a gentle evening walk can make a difference. Exercise of any kind releases endorphins in your body that can make you feel more positive. If you can find a form of exercise that you enjoy and that is also social, the company of others may enhance the positive effects.


But not just sitting on the sofa in front of the television! Learn some simple relaxation techniques, such as visualisation or meditation, and you can turn to them when you are feeling anxious or stressed.


If you feel that anxiety is dominating your thoughts, have an activity ready to distract you. Record some favorite television shows (especially funny ones), always be part-way through an interesting book, download some great music, start a simple, but fun, craft project, have the ingredients on hand to bake muffins or a cake, and if you feel that your anxiety is starting to control your thoughts, jump right into one of these activities. Your thoughts will be busy and your anxiety should recede.

How can Relaxation Techniques Help with Anxiety?

Relaxation is a very effective way to reduce the constant gnawing of the anxious mind. In fact, it’s one of the reasons why hypnotherapy for anxiety is such an effective treatment. Hypnotherapy by its nature is a relaxing treatment, so as well as addressing the specific causes for your anxiety, a hypnotherapy session for anxiety can immediately help you feel more positive.

Relaxation techniques can help you capture this feeling without your hypnotherapist needing to be by your side.

Self-hypnosis for Anxiety

If you are seeing a hypnotherapist for your anxiety, ask if he or she can teach you some self-hypnosis techniques that you can draw on at any time. Some therapists can offer you a CD to help with this, others can teach you how to relax yourself using simple self-hypnosis.

Visualization for Relaxation

This is one of the most common and simplest ways to relax yourself. At its simplest, you simply visualize yourself somewhere where you are happy and relaxed, such as on the beach or floating somewhere peaceful. There are tools available to help you achieve relaxation, including scripts, sound effects and music, but some people don’t need these. It’s certainly something you can try for yourself at home to see if it is effective for you.

Muscle Relaxation

These techniques usually revolve around tightening the various muscles of your body before releasing them into a more relaxed state. You systematically tense and release groups of muscles so as to become conscious of how your muscles feel when they are tense and relaxed. Take fifteen or twenty minutes to practice this. Think about your breathing while you are doing it. Muscle tension often accompanies attacks of anxiety; so being familiar with how this feels can help you to relax when you feel anxiety coming on. Best to check with your GP that it is safe for you to do this.


Meditation doesn’t have to be linked to the yoga mat, religion and incense. At heart it is just a simple way to relax your mind. One simple technique is to sit quietly somewhere and focus on your breathing. When other thoughts try to intrude – and they always do – simply make a conscious effort to re-focus on your breathing. Some people like to chant a simple word or phrase rather than focusing on their breathing.

Try out these Relaxation Techniques!

All these techniques do take some practice before they become fully effective, but the effort is well worth it.

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