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  • Writer's pictureDr. Mahima Singh

Fighting Anxiety And Depression - Simple Baby Steps

Updated: Apr 29, 2020


STEP 1: BREATHE


Deep, diaphragmatic breathing- where only your belly goes up and down, not your chest. Just focus on three deep breaths, prolonging each one as you go. Then take a break, for about a minute. Focus on taking two deep breaths, take a break, breathing normal during the break. Now take one deep breath...letting it all go as you breathe out slowly, thoroughly...let go of the feeling that’s holding you back...is it fear? Is it insecurity? ...let go of the unwelcome feeling.😤


STEP 2: PRIORITIZE ONE TASK


Well, checking things off our list is a challenge when we are anxious and inertia will only feed the anxiety. Pick one simplest, quickest task from your list and just do it, don’t overthink this!! 🙂


STEP 3: JOURNALIZE


This can be better than talking to someone because a lot of us get into trouble for the words that come out of our mouth, especially in a state of anxiety. Writing in a journal can actually give you a third person perspective on the situation when you read what you wrote and you can be brutally honest when writing down. 📝🖌


STEP 4: FOREST BATHING

(GO OUTSIDE FOR A WALK)


Being outside, especially for a nature walk, has been proven to go beyond just benefits to our physical health. It has a blood pressure lowering effect and also releases endorphins: just look at your dog when it goes for a walk outside, outdoor exercise affects our body in a similar way too. 🚶🏻‍♀️


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Dr. Mahima Singh

Ms. Pennsylvania 2019




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