Picture this: You have a presentation today in front of your company that you are nervous about. You didn't get to prepare like you wanted and as the presentation gets closer and closer, you begin to imagine every scenario where you could drop the ball.
The feeling of hot flashes increases as you have one hour left to go and your mind is on total hyper drive. You’re giving your co-workers that weird blank stare like you're not home but your mind is going 1,000 miles a minute.
As your presentation approaches you have two choices; continue to freak your co-workers out by sweating and staring at the water cooler or get up and go for a walk and give yourself a badass pep talk.
We’re going to go with the latter. Movement is massively important when it comes to anxious states! When we’re feeling stressed and our minds are racing, the last thing we may think about doing is flailing our bodies around. But it’s actually one of the best things you can do to alleviate an overactive mind.
In this week’s Overactive Mind Hack podcast series, we discuss why moving your body is crucial when we get into these states. There’s energy that needs to be circulated and when we sit and ruminate, our thoughts can take over causing us to feel even more anxious.
We love Mel Robbins approach to changing your state, The 5 Second Rule. She uses this rule as a way to guide people to take action in achieving their goals, but we think the same can be applied for when you are feeling anxiety really kick in.
She says, “There is a window that exists between the moment you have an instinct to change and your mind killing it. It’s a 5 second window. And it exists for everyone.
If you do not take action on your instinct to change, you will stay stagnant. You will not change.”
So the moment you recognize that you are in a stressed out state (this is where self-awareness becomes key), that is the time to count down from 5-1 and then move. Get up and go outside for a walk, do a few jumping jacks or walk to the water cooler and get a big glass of water.
The 5 second rule helps you manually switch your brain. It turns off the part of your brain where your habits are encoded and turns on the part of the brain that helps you change.
Use this 5 second rule to help you take better command of your stress and anxiety. This is a very effective tool to help you not only get out of these states but start to create the habit to not falling into them as easily.
Try this out and let us know how it goes! Know someone that could use some help relieving anxiety? Be sure to pass this along or share it on social media! If you are enjoying these OMH snap a pic and tag us on instagram @theconsciouscraft we’d love to hear your stories!