Here are 9 tips and tricks you can apply right now to help with anxiety:
1. Take a walk in nature.
Ideally, remove your shoes and feel the earth beneath your bare feet. “Earthing” has been shown to have many health benefits, and people report feeling better instantly with this simple practice.
2. Focus on your breath.
Take a short break from whatever you are doing and take several long breaths in through your nose and out through the mouth.
3. Turn off all electronic devices.
Even if it’s only for a few minutes, make it a habit to take a screen break regularly. Build in longer breaks whenever possible.
4. Journal about what you’re feeling.
You’ll be amazed by how much it can help to get your feelings out on paper (or the screen, though the old-fashioned pen and paper approach can be especially therapeutic).
5. Talk to a friend.
Choose someone who has the capacity to hold space and listen without judgment. There’s great healing in being heard and acknowledged for what you’re going through.
6. Show up for a friend who’s having a hard time.
Often, being there for another will help us feel better. The benefit can be instantaneous.
7. Spend time with animals or children.
Kids and animals live in the present moment . They’re not caught up in past regrets and future worries like most of us adults do. Just being in their presence can be healing.
8. Practice gratitude.
Make it a habit to note at least 3 things you’re grateful for on any given day. You can write them in your journal, acknowledge them to yourself before you go to sleep, or, for an extra boost, share them with your partner or a close friend and ask them to share theirs.