A 5 Second Trick to Beating Anxiety

I've been chatting a lot about anxiety lately: five signs you might be experiencing it and also, three ways to naturally kick it to the curb. Today I thought I'd mention one of the simplest tricks I've been using to beat anxiety...

Smiling :).

Sounds crazy right? Actually, no. Try it right now! Smile a big ol' toothy grin at your computer for five seconds, and notice how this expression feels for your mind, your heart, and your body. If you're in a public setting, maybe your coworker or the kid studying next to you is giving you a weird look. Good! It'll make them smile!

Here's why it works: Smiling is a signal to your body of happiness. When do you smile most? When you're experiencing joy! So when you smile, even when you're frustrated or sad or stressed, those joyful hormones are released. There is also a hypothesis about facial feedback. Plus, it's so simple. You can literally smile at any time during your day, so it's unlikely you'll make an excuse or not want to do it.

They say the happiest, most successful people are those who wake up and laugh. When your anxiety is at an all time high, though, laughing seems impossible. Smiling, however, is just the upward curving of your lips. It's more accessible and easier when you're too sad to convince yourself to do anything else.

When you wake up in the morning, form a big, bright smile, and hold it there for five seconds. Bonus points for looking yourself in the mirror while telling yourself, "I love you. You are enough." Try it everyday for at least 21 days, and take account how it affects your day-to-day life.

Like how it's making you feel? You can't overdose on smiles, so keep 'em coming!

Cheers to anxiety-free, Great Vibes! Xx.

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