Sarahbeara97

93d

I’ve been having a lot of anxiety lately for no reason and I do take my meds when it happens because that’s what my psychiatrist told me to do. But I’m wondering what everyone does when they feel anxious to help themselves. Like coloring or something? Any ideas I’m willing to take in consideration because I’m really tired of feeling anxious most of the time.

Anxiety (Including GAD)

Depression

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  • LotusFlower

    93d

    It takes a lot of breathing. Sometimes I walk, and just focus of the wind, I take deep breaths and look at the trees, and flowers and whatever I can to distract that feeling. Music definitely helps. I listen to songs that I have good memories to. Like there's a song my favorite person plays when we are together and I listen to that.

    • Sarahbeara97

      93d

      thank you so much!

  • Sincerely

    93d

    Martial arts really help me. That and deep breathing.

  • oddity_hunter

    93d

    I'd suggest guided meditations or even yoga. These really help me ground myself when my brain is overthinking and stressing me out. There's a lot of them on YouTube, some only 5 minutes, others longer depending on what works for you. You can even search "5 minute guided meditation(or beginner yoga) for anxiety" I also really like 8D music with headphones. It helps redirect my thinking!

  • Masscrystal

    93d

    Playing piano and singing helps me also if your in a store and your anxious or out and about find a safe item to feel until u leave it helps me a lot

  • Xylns86

    93d

    I walk till the voices quiet down

  • Steele

    93d

    Some things that help me are deep breathing exercises and guided mediation. Doing creative things like drawing, singing, or writing often helps as well. And listening to music too. When I'm most anxious I prefer soft piano music, but that can be different for everyone. Sometimes revisiting a movie/show/book that I love is good too. I like to focus on things that feel familiar and predictable and safe, if that makes sense. I also try to identify what's causing the anxiety and why and then use reason to "argue" against it. To be honest this one does the least to alleviate the anxiety in the moment but it does help to reframe your thoughts if you're able. Like, it doesn't make the anxiety go away but it can make things feel less overwhelming. Some of those things I listed obviously require more time than others though and none of them work in every situation for every person, but I hope it gives you some ideas?

  • CatCollector

    93d

    Beginner yoga, helps me. It gets you lightly stretching, gives you something to focus on, and normally they have guided breathing with it.

  • Nal

    93d

    I loveee coloring! It helps me relax or drawing I found I actually draw sum badass shi when I’m on the verge of a panic attack lol, video games, meditation or guided meditations can help,, ik it’s hard to do other things, I can’t help but jus sit there nd do nun sumtimes nd then I go into a panic attack but doin sum else does help

  • aldrwytch

    92d

    A lot of people have mentioned breathing—second that. It’s especially good to have a specific method, whether it’s a simple count, box breathing, a guided breath meditation, whatever works for you. I’ve never been a big fan of coloring, though I’ve tried repeatedly, but I’ve found a lot of success with watercolor and, for a less messy option, doodling—the more simple and repetitive the better for me. Things like crosshatching squares light to dark, or simple painting exercises like lines, color gradients, squares of different lightness/darkness. I do get into painting abstracts or scenes too, but if I’m really fried and overwhelmed, the simple stuff is so soothing. I haven’t been recently, but I used to love to crochet or knit—the repetition, counting, and physical aspect gave me focus and calm without being too complex. I also have some sensory things—fidgets, Loops sound dampers that mute but don’t block sound, ice packs, mint water spray that just feels cool and slightly tingly on skin, hot or cold baths (I love Village Naturals chronic pain & fatigue bath salt), calming essential oils in a roll on are super easy to keep on you throughout the day (I like menthol-scents or lavender) but obviously sensory stuff is super personal so no guarantee that what works for one person will work for another. Feel free to DM me to chat or w questions and good luck 💓

    • aldrwytch

      92d

      Should add—if you have access to therapy, talking to someone who might be able to help you figure out what’s triggering this increase would be ideal. Regardless, hope some of the replies here help

    • Sarahbeara97

      86d

      thank you so so much!

      • aldrwytch

        86d

        so welcome!! I just hope you find things that work for you 💕

  • greychildvii

    92d

    I have a lot of anxiety/panic too and personally I like to listen to binaural beats specifically for that and it helps a lot and makes a pretty big difference for me. Warm showers help me too, and rewatching my favorite shows/movies for comfort :)

    • Sarahbeara97

      86d

      I really do like watching old movies and shows as well like Alice in wonderland!

  • Danna

    92d

    For me I crochet. It helps me focus and come back to earth. And focusing on the pattern or even just counting and making sure I don’t miss a loop or mess up the yarn. Focusing on it helps me not to focus on how much I can’t breath while having an anxiety/panic attack

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