How to Reduce Anxiety and Stress for Your Clients: 5 Powerful Tips
As a coach, healer, or therapist, you’ve likely encountered clients struggling with anxiety and stress. These feelings are common, but when they become excessive and disrupt daily life, it’s crucial to find effective ways to address them. Imagine being able to provide your clients with a powerful, transformative technique that can help them manage these feelings and improve their overall well-being. In this blog post, we’ll share five tips on how to reduce anxiety and stress, with a special focus on the benefits of integrating breathwork into your practice.
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1. Help your clients identify the sources of your anxiety and stress.
First up, when supporting clients on how to reduce anxiety and stress, it’s vital to help them recognize the source. Once we know what’s causing these feelings, we can start to address them. Some common sources of anxiety and stress include work, money, relationships, and health concerns. And chances are, somethin’ is out of alignment.
Maybe they’re feeling stressed about a looming deadline at work. Or perhaps they’re worried about how they are going to pay rent this month. It could be that they’re in a fight with a friend or family member, or they’re worried about their health. Whatever the source of their anxiety and stress, it’s important to identify it so that they can start to working on a solution.
Once you’ve guided your clients in pinpointing the source of their anxiety and stress, collaborate with them to develop an action plan to resolve it. Even baby steps count! If they’re stressed about a work deadline, for example, encourage them to talk to their boss about extending it. Or, if they’re worried about how they’ll pay rent this month, explore creative solutions like getting a roommate or finding a cheaper place to live.
The key is to empower your clients to take action in resolving the sources of their anxiety and stress. And even small steps can make a big difference.
2. Encourage clients to take some time for themselves every day to relax and de-stress.
Alongside addressing the root causes of their anxiety and stress, it’s equally important for clients to carve out some personal time each day to unwind and release tension. It’s so easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of daily life and forget to take some time for ourselves. But if we don’t make time to relax and de-stress, our anxiety and stress levels will continue to increase.
So, how can you help your clients allocate time for themselves daily? It doesn’t have to be a lot of time, even just 15-20 minutes will do. During this time, they can do something that relaxes and calms them. This could be reading, listening to music, spending time in nature, or doing some gentle stretching or breathwork. Help them discover what resonates best with their needs, and suggest they schedule it into their day, ensuring it becomes a consistent routine and actually happens.
3. Promote regular exercise to release endorphins and enhance your clients’ mood.
Exercise is another great way to reduce anxiety and stress in your clients’ lives. Not only does it release endorphins, which have mood-boosting properties, but it also helps to improve our sleep and energy levels. And when we feel good physically, it’s much easier to manage our mental health as well. Ya feel me?
So, how often should your clients engage in physical activity? The recommended amount is at least 30 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise five times per week. But if they’re just starting out, don’t feel like you have to push them to jump into that right away! Start with whatever they can manage, and gradually increase the intensity and frequency as they feel comfortable.
Also, explore what would it look like for them to include movement that they love. For some people, that’s running outside. For others, it might be taking a dance class or going for a bike ride. There are endless other possibilities! Find an activity that they enjoy and encourage them to make it a regular part of their week.
4. Encourage a healthy diet that feels good to your clients’ bodies.
What we eat has a big impact on how we feel, both physically and mentally. When we’re anxious or stressed, it’s tempting to comfort ourselves with unhealthy foods that might give us a temporary mood boost. But in the long run, these foods will only make us feel worse.
Generally speaking, it’s suggested to focus on eating a healthy diet full of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains and limit your intake of processed foods, alcohol, sugary snacks, and caffeine. Not only will this help improve your physical health, but it will also help to reduce anxiety and stress levels. And when you’re feeling good physically, it’s much easier to manage your mental health as well.
That being said, it’s important for clients to listen to their bodies.There is no perfect diet, and what works for one person might not work for another. Encourage them not to force a dietary plan if it doesn’t feel right. Instead, help them discover what nourishes their body and feels good. Collaborating with a Registered Dietitian or Health Coach could also offer valuable guidance in determining the best approach for them.
Also, if clients struggle to attune to their body’s signals, breathwork can be an invaluable tool in tapping into their inner wisdom (we’ll explore this further in the next tip!). By nurturing their bodies with mindful nutrition and listening to their unique needs, your clients can foster a healthier, more balanced lifestyle and reduce anxiety and stress naturally.
5. Practice breathwork to calm your clients’ minds and connect to their bodies.
Breathwork is a powerful tool that can help to reduce anxiety and stress. It’s also helpful in connecting us to our bodies so that we can start to listen to the signals it’s sending us.
When we’re anxious or stressed, our breathing becomes shallower and faster. This sends a signal to our brain that we’re in danger, which only increases our anxiety and stress levels.
Breathwork helps to reverse this by slowing down our breathing and deepening our inhales and exhales. This sends a signal to our brain that we’re safe, which in turn helps to reduce anxiety and stress.
There are many different types of breathwork, so it’s important to find one that feels good for your clients. If you’re unsure where to start, we have plenty of tracks on the Pause Breathwork App (Get a FREE 14-Day trial here).
Here is a breathing exercises that we recommend to reduce anxiety and stress:
Breath Pattern to Calm the Nervous System
To be guided through a signature Breathwork Beats 🎶 and create deep foundational safety within, listen to the “Calm The Nervous System” Track on the Pause Breathwork App.
This breathing exercises can be done anywhere, anytime (even at a desk!). And the more your clients do it, the easier it will become to reduce anxiety and stress and calm the nervous system.
To wrap it all up…
In this blog post, we’ve shared five powerful tips on how to help your clients reduce anxiety and stress. We’ve also talked about the benefits of breathwork and how it can help to calm the mind and connect us to our bodies. If you’re looking for a way to work with clients to reduce anxiety and stress, we recommend giving breathwork a try. It’s a powerful tool that can help in soooo many ways. Get a FREE 14-Day trial of the App here.
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