Four Simple Ways to Combat Anxiety
I am sure the majority of us understand what it’s like to feel anxious. A lot of us feel this on a day-to-day basis. Whether you are suffering from stress from work, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, side effects from medication, or nursing a bad breakup, it’s something I think we all go through at one point in our lives. And we do our best to manage it. I would love to share some tips I’ve picked up that make me feel better, personally in my moments of anxiety. Hope these help.
I know, I know, that’s what everyone tells you. Initially, I thought it was stupid. But it turns out meditation doesn’t have to be some stereotype. Meditation is quiet time for you. It can be complete silence, repeating your own personal mantras, or just taking the time to sort through your thoughts. If you need help getting started, I would recommend a guided app like Headspace until you develop a mediation routine that’s right for you.
I cannot tell you how many times white noise has calmed me down. It basically cancels out your thoughts without the distraction of music. There’s no story to follow or melody that repeats in your head. It’s just a noise to fill the spaces in mind where your thoughts won’t quiet down. I listen to white noise whenever I am running late. I can’t control the traffic but I can control the state of mind that I arrive in. I’d rather arrive centered and calm. White noise is also amazing to fall asleep to. If your anxious mind won’t stop making to-do lists, play some white noise. It will quiet your mind. I suggest an app like TM Soft White Noise.
Talk to Someone About It
If you’re anything like me, I would rather be alone forever than bother someone with my problems. After years of crying to myself, I am now learning that I should never underestimate the power of a friend. I’m not saying you have to subject people to your life story. But instead, I try to be brave enough to send a text to a friend saying, “Hey, I’m feeling low right now. Can you lift me up?” or “I’m not feeling too great. I really need to talk.” And I am always flooded with support and words of encouragement. It takes courage to let people in but I never regret when I do. And if you’re not sure who to talk to or need to talk to someone you don’t know I would recommend checking out an app like Better Help. [insert hyperlink: https://www.betterhelp.com/ ]
Write It Out
Sometimes you just have to get the stress and worry out of your head. And in my experience, the best way to do that is to get it on the page. Writing is very therapeutic for me. It always has been. There’s something to be said about acknowledging exactly what you are feeling and giving yourself the permission not to judge it. Writing your thoughts and feelings can take the form of a diary entry, spoken word, a screenplay, a messy rant typed into a word doc, or a song. Really anything. Just get it down. You may have some art to show for it later.