If you have anxiety then you know that life can be very hard, very stressful and very overwhelming. It could be hard to focus on what is happening at that moment when you are thinking about how everything could go wrong. The worse I know.
The good news is that there are ways to help Dealing with anxiety. No, I don’t mean therapist, I mean something that might work at that moment. Don’t worry if some of the things that work for others, do not work for you. It all is a matter of what can help an individual. You will find something that helps.
If you are stuck on ideas on dealing with your anxiety then I got you covered. I give you my Top 6 Ways for Dealing with Anxiety. This coming from a person like you who deals with anxiety.
I hope this helps you.
This is the one that works for me. I always have a pen and paper or even my phone around to jot down things. When I am feeling most anxious, I just get that out and write. I usually write my thoughts even if it comes out all jumbled and doesn’t make any sense at all.
When I feel better, I either go back and look at what I wrote down or delete/throw it away. Sometimes it can be stressful to look back at what I wrote.
I got some suggestions as to what you can journal-
It really could be anything. It doesn’t even have to be words, could be letters or numbers. All you need is to take a pen and paper and then just go with the flow.
You can even draw. And that does not have to be perfect or even anything. Could be swirls, lines, circles… Anything that will help you in that moment
I think this is great. Get lost in another world that someone wrote, or that you wrote.
I like to read and even keep a book in my purse. This way I could read when I am bored or just don’t wish to talk. Fact-People will not bother you if you are reading a book 😉
The great thing is that you can read whatever is around. Some suggestions-
3. Play a game=
Like a book, playing a game helps you get lost in another world. Don’t worry if you do not have your phone/tablet with you. (Ps I like to bring a deck of cards with me everywhere because you never know. Solitaire is a great game to play by yourself) There are way more games to play then video games.
Playing pretend and being creative is something that the world is missing out on. Just try not to get too caught up in pretend especially if you are pretending someone is an alien
A fun pretend game you can play-
1. Pick out a person
Try and guess their name, story
Make up a story for this person. Maybe they are really an alien :0
2. Pretend you are the alien
3. Pretend you are on a reality show
4. An actor researching for an upcoming role
Ahh yes the age old counting, how could I not mention this one. Stupid but sometimes it does work. For me it is repeating the same number over and over again. Or repeating the same word/letter.
Or even do math. Grab a paper, start writing numbers down, do the math. Sure math may not be the most fun but it can help in stressful situations
2 divided by 2=
This is basically tip 1 and 2 combined without paper. It all takes part in your mind. If there is one thing I love, it is daydreaming. I swear I get lost more in fantasy in my mind than anything else. Journaling is fun but there is nothing like imagining a world in your mind without having to write it down or read.
Try to clear your mind.
Close your eyes and drift off to somewhere else. Someone will wake you up I am sure
6. Focus on something around you=
Take your mind off what is happening by focusing on something else. This is the hardest one on the list but it does help.
Use your five senses- touch, smell, taste, feel, hear
An example- focus on a photo
What color is that photo?
What is that photo of?
Make up a story involving the photo
What is the story behind the photo?
Yes it is true that anxiety sucks majorly but with a little work, it can become less of a burden.
Remember these are only tips that will help in the moment. Please go to a therapist if you need more help.
Together we can get through this.
If you think of any other helpful tips, be sure to leave them in the comments