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Tips to Alleviate Anxiety

Wed 20 Oct 2021
Anxiety is a common experience for all of us, whether it stems from a specific situation, such as going to school or a job interview, or is something more ephemeral. It is your body’s natural response to stress.

Monique, from Beautiful Minds, spoke with us on Saturday 9 October at the HFA conference about anxiety, and how we can overcome it. Below are her top tips for alleviating anxiety.
 

The Body Thump Technique

  1. Stand up
  2. Place one palm out
  3. Form a fist with your hand
  4. Gently thump your fist up and around your body
 

Face Tapping

  1. Spot pressure with your fingerprints along your face
  2. Lightly tap with your fingers
 

Breathing

  1. Inhale through your nose
  2. Exhale through your mouth, with your lips pinched like they’re holding a straw
 

STOP Strategy

  • S – STOP
  • T – Take long, slow breaths out
  • O – Observe your surroundings
  • P – Proceed
 

54321 Activity

  • 5 things you can see
  • 4 things you can feel
  • 3 things you can hear
  • 2 things you can smell
  • 1 thing you can taste
 

Ice Technique

Simply hold some ice in your hand. This:
  1. Lowers your temperature
  2. Stops the adrenaline
  3. Hones your focus – it’s the only thing you can feel
 

Colour Walk

  • Go for a 10 minute walk around your block and count how many different colours you see
 

Write and Rip

  • Write down your fears and then rip them up. This gets them out of your head and onto paper.
 

The Calm Palm

  1. Hold one hand up
  2. With your other hand, use your pointer finger to trace your hand
 
This information is a small part of the session that was presented at the 20th Australian Conference on Haemophilia, VWD and Rare Bleeding Disorders. You can watch the entire session on-demand on the conference portal, in the Youth – challenges, taboos and myths session originally held at 1:25pm on Saturday 9 October. (Please note, this session is only accessible to people who have registered for the conference. You can register here.)

Beautiful Minds also assisted us during the conference with a three-part workshop focused on mental health and wellbeing. The workshop was free to all young people aged 10-30, run by HFA with the support of an education grant provided by CSL Behring.

If you are concerned about your anxiety, please reach out to a loved one. Alternatively you can contact Lifeline Australia on 13 11 14 or KidsHelpLine on 1800 55 1800.
 

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