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Ways Distract Yourself from Anxiety
There are so many tips on how to distract yourself from anxiety on the internet.
The problem is that they’re pretty much all the same.
Do yoga. Eat healthily. Breathing exercises. Lather, rinse, repeat.
While these are great ideas, trying to fight anxiety isn’t 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.
It’s been difficult, and it’s been exhausting.
But throughout my life, I’ve also learned that these 10 weird coping mechanisms help calm my anxiety almost instantly.
Top Activities to Distract Yourself from 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 way to distract 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
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.
Pro-Tip: I’ve used this friendship bracelet making kit for at least a decade now.
Whenever I run out of string, I buy some Tinsky floss, because they’re inexpensive, high quality, and offer so many unique colors.
3. EAT 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, because they taste amazing and have several vegan options.
And I really love that they give some of the proceeds back to endangered animals. It’s a win-win.
4. DO YOUR MAKEUP
But now doing my makeup is so relaxing.
I’ll spend 30 minutes doing various eyeshadow looks and pairing it with a matching lipstick.
My favorite brands are e.l.f. Cosmetics, Pacifica, and ColourPop. They’re all cruelty-free with lots of vegan options.
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
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.
I bought a ukulele a couple of years ago. They’re such happy instruments.
My boyfriend is a music producer, so I even make my own music that way.
You can find some of our music on our free meditation YouTube channel, Peaceful Awakening Meditations.
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
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.
I’ve probably listened to them the most out of any other CD I own – besides Avril Lavigne’s Let Go.
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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 used to be a very messy person.
But now I feel much 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 a more natural cleaner that is free from most toxins.
You’re less likely to get a headache from using it.
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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.
More anxiety affirmations:
- 85 Calming Affirmations for Relieving Anxiety and Panic Attacks
- 50 Positive Affirmations for Overcoming Social Anxiety
Try Therapy Instead
Instead of trying to push your anxiety away, why not try therapy instead?
Did you know that there is affordable online therapy?
Online Therapy is a complete online therapy toolbox.
Your therapy toolbox includes:
- Live video, voice, or text chat session with your therapist
- 8 easy-to-follow sections, including 25 worksheets
- Activity plan, journal, and tests
- Yoga and meditation videos
What I love about Online Therapy is that there are several life-changing options and therapists available, and you don’t even have to leave the comfort of your home.
This means you never need to worry before getting help.
Distract Yourself from Anxiety
While it’s so important to get to the root of your anxiety, it’s vital to find ways to distract yourself from anxiety when times are tough.
Distracting yourself might be the only way to stop an oncoming panic attack.
What ways do you distract yourself from anxiety? Tell us in the comments below!
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