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There are so many tips about how to fight anxiety on the internet. The problem is that they’re pretty much all the same. Do yoga. Just breathe. Yada, yada, yada.
Those are some great ideas and all, but trying to fight anxiety isn’t that simple. It’s not black and white. What works one time may not work the next. That’s why anxiety is such a complicated mental illness to beat.
Throughout my entire life, I’ve had anxiety. But throughout my life, I’ve also learned that these 10 tips help calm my anxiety almost instantly.
10 Weird Ways to Help Fight Your Anxiety:
1. DO A PUZZLE
Doing puzzles takes a lot of concentration, and you go through a lot of trial and error in the process. But the repetitive nature is very soothing for an anxiety-filled mind.
The most rewarding way to do a puzzle is to not look at the picture on the box. I also find that doing a puzzle this way is the best to fight anxiety.
If you’re just starting out at the whole puzzle thing, you can get a bunch of different puzzles at the Dollar Tree. They’re very inexpensive, so you can’t go wrong.
2. MAKE A FRIENDSHIP BRACELET
Hand-eye coordination is a great way to take you out of your head. This is why I love making friendship bracelets.
I’ve been making them since I was probably 12 years old. The process of repeatedly tying knots is so relaxing.
The best part is yes, you can make them and give them to your friends. Any time you see them wearing it, you’ll recognize those same feelings you had when you were making them.
3. EAT DARK CHOCOLATE
Damn though. Dark chocolate.
Chocolate makes me so happy, and it’s an instantly calming treat. Dark chocolate has been proven to have many other positive benefits, like being filled with antioxidants.
I highly recommend the brand Endangered Species. It’s my favorite brand, and I really love that they give some of the proceeds back to endangered animals. It’s a win-win.
4. DO YOUR MAKEUP
I used to never wear makeup. Maybe a little mascara here and there. But now I’ll spend five or ten minutes doing various eyeshadow looks and paring it with a matching lipstick.
I still don’t do a full face of makeup, but I did discover that doing my makeup is so relaxing. Makeup is an art.
If you don’t wear makeup, try doing your hair a different way or create unique outfits from your closest. Get creative, and have fun!
5. PLAY AN INSTRUMENT
You don’t have to be Mozart in order to help fight your anxiety. Playing any instrument helps calms our nerves, because our hands and fingers play a repetition of notes.
I’ve played the keyboard for years, and I write my own songs. My boyfriend is a music producer, so I even make my own music that way. (You can find some of his music here)
I just bought a $20 ukulele about a month ago, and it’s the best 20 bucks I’ve ever spent in my life. Ukuleles are such happy instruments, so I highly recommend them.
6. PICTURES OF BABY ANIMALS
There’s one thing I think we can all agree on. Baby animals are so freaking cute.
Look at pictures. Look at videos. See how many different ways you can spell the word awwww.
Just try your hardest to not cuddle the screen.
7. BLAST DISNEY MUSIC
Disney songs have saved my butt so many times when I’m on the verge of a panic attack. Out of any music in the world, it helps my anxiety almost instantly.
You can find them quickly on Pandora or YouTube. I even have all the Disney’s Greatest Hits CDs, and I’ve probably listened to them the most out of any other CD I own.
8. SIT IN THE GRASS
Let nature soak up your stress. Sit in the grass under a tree in the shade. Feel how the grass blades feel on your fingertips. Notice how the air feels on your skin.
Just be one with Mother Earth. She is so beautiful, and she can make you feel whole again.
9. CLEAN YOUR BATHROOM
I’m a very messy person. But I can’t argue that I do feel better in a more organized and clean environment.
I find a lot of joy when I’m cleaning my bathroom. I’ll blast some music, dance a little, and watch my anxiety dissipate. I usually try to take at least one day out of the month and do a complete top to bottom clean of my bathroom.
Try using an all-natural cleaner that is free from chemicals and toxins. You’ll less likely to get a headache from using it.
10. ACCEPT IT
As weird and as hard as it sounds, don’t push your anxiety away. Try your best to embrace it in the moment.
Tell yourself, yes I have anxiety, but I’ve made it through it every time before this.
And I will overcome it again.
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What ways do you help fight your anxiety? Tell us in the comments below!
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