LIFE + ME’S WELLBEING PSYCHOLOGIST SUZY READING ANSWERS YOUR QUESTIONS…
Q: What can I do to help with anxiety, relaxation and sleep?
A: One of the most common themes in this Q+A series has been how to soothe the mind and body and create a feeling of calm. We turn our attention today to self-care for anxiety. Anxiety is so prevalent that we can all relate to a sense of a jittery, reactive mind or the physical tension that creeps into our neck, shoulders and jaw by the end of the day.
The modern world is jam packed full of stimulation and busyness that even our downtime often tends to involve more screen time and striving. We have lost the art of relaxation and worse, relaxation is often seen as lazy and luxurious. I want to challenge that notion and empower you with the tools to soften and soothe both your mind and body at any time throughout your day. Learn to do this and you will sleep better at night, wake feeling more rested and have greater willpower reserves to make more life-giving choices more often.
To address an anxious mind and body, our self-care needs to focus on calming activities that promote the functioning of our parasympathetic nervous system – the rest and digest part of the nervous system.
These are my go to tips for soothing anxiety:
Dot these micromoments of calm throughout your day and let me know how you go!
Suzy Reading is a Chartered Psychologist, Yoga Teacher, Health Coach and mum of two. She specialises in self-care, helping people manage their stress, emotions and energetic bank balance. She is a contributing editor for Psychologies Magazine and author of ‘The Self-Care Revolution’, ‘Stand Tall Like A Mountain’ and her new book ‘The Little Book of Self-Care’. Suzy is Life + Me’s Wellbeing Psychologist. If you have a question for Suzy for our Q+As, or if you have a suggested topic you would like her to cover, email [email protected]