Anxiety is a mental health disorder that plagues many people. In order to combat anxiety, you should have a list of coping skills that can help you feel better. Here are a few simple ways that you can combat anxiety:
Meditation - 5 Finger breathing exercise- Slowly trace your left hand with your right finger, starting where your hand meets your wrist. As you trace each finger breathe in as your finger climbs up and breathe out as your finger slides down. Then switch hands.
Listen to Calming Music - Listening to certain types of music can bring us from a 10 to a 1. Try listening to jazz, gospel music, or any other genre that makes you feel zen.
Lavender Tea- helps with sleep and tension
Passion Flower Tea-helps lower brain activity
Peppermint Tea- helps with tension
Rose Tea- helps balance your emotions
Lemon Balm Tea- relaxes your mind and body
Chamomile Tea-relaxes nerves and helps with sleep
Hawthorn Tea- helps lower blood pressure and tension
Turmeric Tea- helps regulate neurotransmitters
Slow Down - We live in a fast paced world. We’re always on the go and have a million things to do. If you’re feeling overwhelmed or anxious, then try to take a break or slow down. This can help you not feel so rushed.
Stretch - When you are feeling anxious try to move your body. Moving your body will help you get out of your head. Something as simple as stretching can help release tension in your body.
Deep Breathing - 555 exercise - Sit comfortably and if you can close your eyes. Inhale for a count of 5 seconds, hold breath for 5 seconds, and exhale for 5 seconds. Repeat 5 times.
Limit Social Media - Oftentimes on social media we compare ourselves to others. This is an unhealthy practice. If you feel like you’re being sucked in, then decrease the amount of time that you invest in social media.
Grounding Techniques - Identify 5 things you can see, 4 things you can touch, 3 things you can hear, two things you can smell, and 1 thing you can taste.
Be Grateful - Keep a gratitude journal. You can do this on paper or in the notes section in your phone. This will help you see that you have so much to be grateful for, and can help decrease worrying.
Seek Therapy - Therapy can help you talk out some of the things that are bothering you. It provides a safe and confidential space to say whatever you need to say (as long as you don’t plan to harm yourself or someone else).