Mental Health

10 Things You Can Do to Decrease Your Anxiety

9. Practice mindfulness--it's easier than it seems.

Practicing mindfulness can help anxious people better cope with stress. When faced with a given situation, a mindful person will respond by reflecting, rather than reacting. By focusing on the present moment, we can avoid ruminating or worrying about circumstances outside of our control.

Counter racing thoughts by contemplating your surroundings and environment. Focus on the here and now. Be aware of your breathing, and be mindful of taking slow, deep breaths. Be aware of your senses. Go for a walk outdoors and take in the sights, sounds, and smells around you; appreciate the sensation of a cool breeze or the warmth of the sun. Savor the experience of biting into a fresh piece of fruit, smelling a lavender plant, wrapping yourself in a soft blanket, or any other simple, sensory experience you can focus on and appreciate. Redirecting your focus and attention through mindfulness can help you deal with stress and overcome anxiety.