What can I use besides medication to gain a sense of calm, especially during acute anxiety symptoms?
Anxiety (Including GAD)
I found (by mistake) that the app “I AM” which is supposed to be an affirmation app is good to look at and read when I feel a panic attack coming on as well because then I just focus on that. And no, I’m not sponsored in anyway, but yes, I should be. Lol
I set up a cd player by my bed...went to goodwill and bought relaxation cds to play at night. I apply lavender essential oils to my pulse points and I try deep breathing through my nose.
Podcasts help me focus my mind away from the anxiety very well
for me there are some songs that i feel very deeply (im not sure how to explain it they’re relaxing in a way but not like sleep songs, they have a good bass to them) so i started a small playlist for when i’m feeling a panic attack coming on and they always distract me or make me feel what i need to feel
I like to snuggle up with a cozy blanket, cry, talk to friends, listen to an audio book, eat chocolate, sit in my swing, pray, or take a walk.
Anything that makes me feel good that can redirect my thoughts away from what my anxiety is centered on.
I often use the scripture, "Be anxious for nothing, but in everything, by prayer and supplication, let your requests be made known to God." So I do, I ask for whatever it is that I want, and then I work consciously to let go of it and leave it up to God. The next verse says,
"And the peace of God, which passes all understanding, will fill your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus, our Lord." I've experienced many, many times that this is true. 💕💕
I use white noise and cbd gummies to help during the night. I have a lot more night time anxiety so it helps
I’d suggest trying Dialectal Behavior Therapy, it’s really helpful. You can find a book on it online and give it a read. It Really helps.
Find where the anxiety is located physically in your body and stretch and move that part of your body to release the energy.
I use lavender essential oils or any others that I love.
I find a person that I feel safe with and have them take care of me :)
CBD gummies have helped me a lot. I used to basically micro-dose a Xanax tablet or two a day (Doctor advised.) Xanax always left me feeling like a zombie though. The CBD helps much like the Xanax did but there’s zero after effects for me. Like sometimes it makes me sleepy but not in the heavy-headed, feel the next morning, comatose way Xanax did.
If you look into it, I recommend staying only to CBD at first. There’s a lot of gummies on the market with Delta 8 and other federally legal THCs added but it can have give a “high” effect that might have the opposite effect on your anxiety.
I also find a lot of comfort with my anxiety with a warm bath. It’s a private and safe place to cry or have any kind of response you need to have. The warmth is therapeutic to your muscles that might be holding tension due to the anxiety. Adding special salts, bubbles, soaps, oils etc can give a sense of self-care while also having a aromatherapy element. Look for the products with lavender or advertised for “relaxing” qualities. There are also shower steamers if showers are more your thing.
I love a warm bath! It really calms me down and brings me back to a normal state. Any yummy smells help too!
What I do is step-by-step: take a deep breath, stretch your arms, take another deep breath with eyes closed, cry, put on a comfort tv show, go outside and walk around, and usually by then im calmed down :)
ASMR has helped me a lot.
Listening to music always helps me. Whether it be music made for relaxation or music of any genre that I enjoy.
Sounds ridiculous but I found essentially a giant swaddle- I think it’s called a moon sack but it has been one thing I like to use when I don’t want to take a rescue med for my anxiety- it’s great because it holds you but you are still able to move in it
and (for me more importantly) I don’t get over heated in it. It also comes in multiple sizes so if you are like me and like to have a pillow between your legs (sensory issues of my legs touching eachother) you can get a bigger size that will allow you to have a pillow in there with you
https://hugsleep.com/products/sleep-pod-move-adult?gclid=EAIaIQobChMIz_yLrsXG9wIVQRLnCh1GDgn7EAQYASABEgKk9PD_BwE (called huh sleep pod)
oh yeah, I think I know what you’re talking about. I’ve thought about getting one of those to help me sleep
I thought about using it for sleep originally- it has turned into an anxiety relief item for me- and like a baby I normally end up falling asleep in it which helps my anxiety even if it’s just a little bit- just used mine for the first time in a while last week and it really was helpful
oh that's really cool! I have a weighted blanket but I don't get to use it very often because it's so hot.
If it's legal where you are you could use marijuana 👍
unfortunately not. :(
If I find myself becoming especially anxious or stressed, I’ll start saying everything I’m thankful for. It sounds cheesy but you start to realize everything you have and it can help distract from the situation
Passionflower is a really great herb for anxiety! It takes a bit longer to with than a benzo, and you don't get a high necessarily, but it does work!
the two constants are: I withdraw into myself and I turn on a comfort show, usually Friends. when I'm anxious, I don't let myself talk to anyone too much, but I maintain some contact. I know that seems bad but my reason for it is because I have more of a chance getting stuck in my own head and disassociating. I will overthink every text, snap, phone call, etc.
when I'm alone, it's easier for me to "challenge my thoughts" as I learned in therapy, because I don't have as many swirling in my mind. ofc that's my personal experience. in public, I use music, fidgets and games on my phone. I also have a beta blocker called propranolol which helps with physically symptoms such as racing heart. but I understand not wanting medication. due to trauma, I refuse to go on any actual medication for anxiety unless it's an antidepressant but those have never helped my anxiety personally.
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