Other Religions New Age / Metaphysical Ways to Calm an Anxious Spirit Share Flipboard Email Print New Age / Metaphysical Holistic Healing Divination Chakra Balancing Reiki Crystal Therapy By Phylameana lila Desy Reiki Expert Phylameana lila Desy, the author of "The Everything Guide to Reiki," is a freelance writer, holistic healing consultant, intuitive counselor, and an energy medicine practitioner. our editorial process Phylameana lila Desy Updated June 25, 2019 01 of 10 Ways to Calm an Anxious Spirit Zen Pepples. Maurice Alexandre F.P. / Getty Images Everyone feels anxious, nervous, or uncomfortably edgy sometimes. Click through this slide show to review suggestions of things you can do to help ease emotional upsets. Having a calming spirit can be achieved by noticing the imbalances in your body and mind, then bringing them back into balance through changing any patterns of thoughts and actions that are thwarting a calm existence. Stress Busters: Calming Ways | Relieving Job Stress | Cancel Out Stress with Reflexology | Auyrveda Approach | Unknotting Muscular Tensions | Trigger Point Therapy | Power Napping 02 of 10 Quiet Your Breathing Man Breathing in Fresh Air. Felbert + Eickenberg Observe Changes In Your Breathing - Whenever you are feeling the least bit anxious or nervous try to take notice of any changes in your breathing. Stress can cause hyperventilation (over-breathing). Quiet any rapid paced breaths by replacing them with steady and slow breaths. A daily meditation practice is helpful for maintaining healthy breathing and is also a good preventative measure for repressing anxieties. 03 of 10 Give Your Mind a Time Out Woman Taking a Time Out. Brand New Images / Getty Images Clear your mind of all troubling thoughts and concerns. Any time you are feeling anxious or suffering mentally it is helpful to temporarily clear your mind of all thoughts that are upsetting you. It is simply not healthy to focus on your problems 24/7. Guided visualizations are excellent mental escapes that can help you to switch your focus away from anything that is troubling you. Picture yourself in a special dream sequence where you can relax and recoup your coping skills. Choose an ocean view, desert oasis, or garden path. 04 of 10 Allow Yourself a Little Pampering Woman Relaxing in Tub. Nancy Brown / Getty Images Remove yourself from the chaos and give yourself some quality alone time. Lock yourself in the bathroom and take that much needed soak in the tub. A bubble bath is your ticket to serenity. Enjoying a rejuvenating soak is just one of several ways you can pamper yourself. Try taking a solitary walk in the park, or curling up on the sofa and reading an entertaining novel. 05 of 10 Slow Down Your Response Rubber Ducks in a Row. JupiterImages / Getty Images Everyone has made the mistake of being over-the top reactive at one time or another. We compound our conflicts by responding without getting all the facts first. When it seems that the whole world is out to get you and you feel like lashing out right away... Wait! The situation at hand probably does call for a response of some kind, but please slow down your response. You'll handle a trying situation in a calmer state, and come to a resolution sooner if you take time to fully assess the situation. Get all your ducks in a row before you decide on a response. 06 of 10 Create Boundaries Building a Brick Wall. Memo Vasquez / Getty Images Keeping your distance from others. You may need to step back and create some distance between yourself and anyone who is making you feel anxious. It is important to pull back from others when you are feeling overwhelmed so that you are able to reserve your energies. Having protective boundaries in place can also give you a different perspective in order to help you more fully understand and better cope with difficult situations. Respecting Personal Boundaries 07 of 10 Nurture Your Inner Child Inner Child Concept. Peter Cade / Getty Images Be a loving parent to your inner child. Oftentimes when we, as adults, are experiencing situations that make us feel anxious or powerless our thoughts will turn to memories from our childhoods when we experienced fear or loneliness. When children feel small and helpless they look to their parents or guardian for protection. Take a moment to be a caring and loving parent to your inner child. Let her (or him) know that you will get the two of you through this rough period. Give yourself a hug. Don't feel silly. You know you want to, go ahead, just do it. 08 of 10 Hush That Critical Voice Woman Bothered by Critical Inner Voice. PhotoAlto/Frederic Cirou / Getty Images Hush that critical voice inside your head. Sadly, we are often our own worst enemies. Don't berate yourself for not being able to meet your goals or falling short in some way. You're doing the best you can. Just relax. Refuse to listen to that critical voice inside your head that says you're not good enough. Resolve to transform any nagging words into praise for those things that you have accomplished. You're doing just fine. Affirm Yourself Daily 09 of 10 Lean on Somebody Man Leaning on Woman's Shoulder. Westend61 / Getty Images It is OKAY to Ask for Help. Trying to take care of everything all alone can make anyone feel anxious, not to mention exhausted. It can be more of a struggle never asking for a hand than you might have realized. Seek out that soft shoulder to lean on and give yourself a rest. If you are a bit of a control freak, this might be worth repeating again and again... It is OKAY to Ask for Help 10 of 10 Take a Spiritual Retreat Man Meditating on Dock. Kevin Law Treat your spirit to a spiritual retreat. Taking a few minutes out of your hectic day for a mental reprieve or taking a half-hour bubble bath each evening are good stress relievers. But they are probably simply not going to be sufficient for easing those larger anxieties that are slowly eating you up inside. Everyone needs a change of pace to help bring balance to their lives. You may need to take an extended vacation from work, or feel you need go off by yourself away from family members for a few days to find solace. Whereas an ordinary vacation can bring about its own stresses, a spiritual retreat feeds the spirit. You'll come home refreshed and more readily able to face your day-do-day stresses. If you enjoyed this healing slideshow featuring ways to lessen your anxieties you might also like: 10 Step Releasing Emotions Tapping TechniqueTop 10 Healing GemstonesTake My Visualization TourFoods that Fuel Your Chakras Disclaimer: The information contained on this site is intended for educational purposes only and is not a substitute for advice, diagnosis or treatment by a licensed physician. 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