1. Trick your body into being present:https://www.tiktok.com/@saraharissqch/video/7054954102836530437
When we do things that bring us back into the present moment and trick our body into thinking it is relaxed by mimicking things we do in a relaxed state (dropping your jaw, lowering your shoulders, sighing, zoning out, etc.) we remind ourselves that we are not in immediate danger.
2. Go on a stupid little walk:https://www.tiktok.com/@jennamarielive/video/7059603781591387397
Get out of your head and into your body!
3. Activate the vagus nerve:https://www.tiktok.com/@insightpsych/video/7059525419464183045?is_from_webapp=1&sender_device=pc&web_id7043251083578295814
The ice cube trick works! Speaking of cold, the vagus nerve is sort of the central highway for organ functions and reflexes. Stimulating it can help slow down your heart rate. You can do this with an ice pack on your chest, with deep breathing, or even by humming! You can also snap your body back into the now with other senses like taste or smell.
Again, getting back in tune with your body and regulating your nervous system helps with anxiety in the long-term and short-term. EFT or the Emotional Freedom Technique utilizes tapping along the body’s meridians to reduce distress.
It can be helpful to create distance between you and your anxiety to keep you from identifying with it. Because thoughts are not facts! It can be empowering to remember that you’re in charge of your actions.