By: Amy Kozikowski
We all have our days, weeks, and even months where anxiety just keeps knocking us down. Your to-do list may be full of chores and activities, but something just keeps pulling you back into your bed. We all experience it in different ways and for different reasons, and whether you deal with anxiety every day or just occasionally, I want to share with you some tips that can help. These tips have helped me through my own personal anxiety and hopefully can help you, too!
Read a Book: Reading a book can calm you down and distract your mind. Books can take you to a whole different world and stretch your imagination. Reading can ease your anxiety by taking your mind off the current stressor, whether it be your favorite mystery book or a motivational book. A comfy blanket is definitely needed as well.
Clean: Whenever I’m stressed or anxious I turn into a cleaning machine. Cleaning and organizing can help your brain feel a little less cluttered, and can also get your mind off of the anxious thoughts.
Go for a Run/Exercise: Sometimes we can feel stress and anxiety in our bodies but not be able to pin point a stressor in our minds. Exercising can clear your mind, and definitely loosen up your muscles to relieve the tension caused by that stress and anxiety. Yoga is also great to take a slower, more concentrated approach at getting exercise and fighting off any stress.
Call up a Friend: If we get too fixated on our anxiety, it will definitely take advantage of us. Anxiety can eat away at your thoughts if you let it, so why not call up a good friend? Maybe someone you haven’t talked to in a while, or your best friend who is always there for you. Even if you don’t feel comfortable talking about your anxiety, just having a conversation with a dear friend can help ease your mind and any overthinking.
Focus on Your Breathing: This is practiced in yoga, especially. What I find works best for me is to take slow, deep breaths; in through your nose and out through your mouth. If you’re feeling any tightness in your chest, this will help to relieve that pain and open up your chest.
Remind Yourself of the Good: This one might sound silly, and may even feel silly, but you would be surprised how well it works! If you’re feeling anxious and/or stressed, remind yourself of the good and happy things in your life. Write it down in a journal, or just speak it out loud. What are you thankful for today, what good things have happened this week, what is something outside your window that you find beautiful, etc.
Anxiety can be impossible to avoid at times, but being intentional about how we combat it is just as important as recognizing its existence. Try some of these methods the next time you feel anxious!