When we are anxious our stress hormone cortisol rises. The heart pumps faster, we feel hot, and we sweat.
The thing is, this very same body mechanism also happens when we are excited.
So instead of telling ourselves that we are anxious, repeat in your mind "I'm excited, I'm excited, I'm excited." This is called the anxiety reappraisal. Research showed that people who were made to do this during nerve wracking situations performed well and better than the others.
This is the power of our mind. We are in power of what to label what we are feeling.
Engaging in exercise diverts youfrom the very thing you are anxious about.
Moving your body decreases muscle tension, lowering the body’s contribution to feeling anxious.
Getting your heart rate up changes brain chemistry, increasing the availability of important anti-anxiety neurochemicals, including serotonin, gamma aminobutyric acid (GABA), brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF), and endocannabinoids.
Exercising regularly helps to control the amygdala, our reacting system to real or imagined threats to our survival and builds up resources that bolster resilience against stormy emotions.