Anybody else feeling a little anxious these days? We totally get it. Times are still a bit crazy, and even though we’re all spread out with different levels of restrictions and phases of “normalcy”, anxiety is still a struggle for many of us. We could all use a little help! We don’t claim to have all the answers, but we’ve got a few tips that help us when emotions are high. We’d love to share what often works for us in hopes that it’ll help others find peace and calm in times of stress and anxiousness.
- Listen to a playlist. If you haven’t done it yet, create a playlist of calming music that helps you clear your mind. It might be helpful to just sit in stillness and focus on the words. Or maybe you prefer instrumental music. This album is one of my favorites and it’s what I often listen to in order to de-stress.
- Take a drive. The restrictions for going out are different depending on where you live, but thankfully it’s okay to go on a drive just about anywhere. One of my favorite things to do when I’m feeling anxious is taking a drive in the Texas Hill Country. Head to a spot you love and drive around, take in the scenery, put on some relaxing music, and try to clear your head.
- Take a walk. Maybe driving isn’t your favorite, but taking a walk can be just as relaxing, and even makes for good exercise. Put in some headphones and listen to the playlist you made, or just take in the sounds of nature.
- Practice lettering. We might be a little biased, but we think lettering is a great way to reduce anxiety. It doesn’t have to be about perfecting your skills. It can simply be therapeutic and help you unwind.
- Journaling. It doesn’t have to be like writing a diary. A method of journaling I love is called “stream of consciousness”. There’s no pressure to write anything specific. The purpose is basically just to “empty your mind” and write down any and every thought that comes in. Write down what you’re anxious about, what you’re scared of, what is stressing you out, etc. And whatever else comes to mind. No one has to see it. You can even throw it away when you’re done. Set a timer for 10-15 minutes and just write. You’ll be surprised at how much it can help you clear your head.
- Coloring or doodling. If lettering isn’t your thing, try coloring or doodling. Whoever invented coloring books for adults is a genius. We love sitting down with some markers and colored pencils and doing something that makes us feel like a kid again. You can download CFL coloring sheets here and print them out!
- Exercise. It doesn’t have to be strenuous, but getting your body moving is a really beneficial way to reduce anxiety. Whether it’s yoga, running, or even just stretching, try a 20-30 minute “workout” of some kind.
- Have hopeful, encouraging words to repeat out loud. This might feel silly, but there’s power in our words and it really can help. Whether it be a quote, a prayer, Bible verses, or a “mantra” of words that are personal and meaningful to you, it can be grounding and helpful for your mind to come down from that heightened state of anxiety. Write them down and repeat them out loud to yourself. You could even put them on post-it notes to place on your mirror, on your desk, in your car, etc.
We hope at least one of these tips helps you the next time you’re having an “off” day. This too shall pass! We’d love to hear what helps you as well, so be sure to leave a comment and tell us what you do to reduce anxiety!