WHAT IS ANXIETY
Anxiety is characterized as intense feelings of worry, fear, or nervousness that often interferes with your life.
FINDING WAYS TO COPE
If left untreated or ignored, anxiety can take over your life. You won’t be able to relax or do simple things you should be able to do.
In my experience, I wasn’t able to go grocery shopping alone and I panicked every time I knew I had to drive somewhere.
When it comes to treatment, not everyone wants to try medication or seek out a therapist, and that is okay as long as you are able to find other ways to cope.
So, here are some fun ways I cope with anxiety.
UNLEASH YOUR INNER ARTIST
Nothing makes you feel better than expressing yourself, right?
Some ways through which you can express yourself are coloring, drawing, and painting.
When it comes to coloring, purchase a coloring book with pictures and images that are aesthetically pleasing to you. Be sure to choose something entertaining and motivating so that you don’t get bored easily.
During this COVID-19 pandemic, I have spent a lot of time coloring beautiful images. Check out my artwork.
If you prefer to draw instead of color, buy you a really nice sketchpad. I suggest drawing in a sketchpad instead of on loose-leaf paper so that you can keep your drawings together.
You could then use it as a tool of reflection anytime feelings of anxiety arise. Looking over what you have previously drawn will be a constant reminder that whatever you are feeling shall pass.
In addition to coloring or drawing, or instead of, you could choose to paint as well. Paint out your feelings.
Leave it all on the easel! Who knows – your creations may become famous artwork one day 😊
LISTEN TO MUSIC
MUSIC! I’m all about the music. Think about the last time you heard one of your favorite songs? How did it make you feel?
Depending on the song, it could have made you feel confident and happy or upset and sad. The point is – it made you FEEL.
So create a playlist of at least 10 songs that always make you feel good. And the next time you’re feeling anxious, I want you to blast that playlist as loud as you can and soak up all the good feelings.
MY FEEL-GOOD PLAYLIST
I Wanna Dance With Somebody – Whitney Houston
Firework – Katy Perry
King of Anything – Sara Bareilles
Rockstar 101 – Rihanna ft Slash
Unwritten – Natasha Bedingfield
Ain’t It Fun – Paramore
Most Girls – Hailee Steinfield
Poker Face – Lady Gaga
Sorry Not Sorry – Demi Lovato
Wild Things – Alessia Care
IDGAF– Dua Lipa
For me, these songs elicit feelings of happiness, confidence, and inspiration.
Do you meditate? If not, you should definitely start. The benefits of meditation are endless. If I’m being honest, I was one of those people who didn’t believe in mediation.
I had heard about it for years and never once tried it simply because I did not believe it. I’ve now been meditating on a consistent basis for about 6 months and my only regret is that I didn’t start sooner.
Meditation not only helps manage anxiety but also increases self-awareness and reduces stress. The act of mediation is to focus on your breathing and clear your mind. And it is harder than it sounds.
If you’re new to meditation, try meditating for 5 minutes a day for a week and continue to increase the length of time over the next few weeks.
In the words of Dua Lipa (I’m obviously a fan), “Let’s get physical!” Physical activity is great for taking your mind off of anxious thoughts and is easy to incorporate into your routine.
If you choose to partake in physical activity, you’re essentially killing two birds with one stone. You’re getting fit while enhancing your mental health. Some fun activities include yoga and dance.
Yoga is calming and soothing so it relaxes the mind. Dance is invigorating, but it creates feel-good emotions in the same way that listening to music does.
Whenever you’re feeling anxious, reach for a journal to write down your thoughts. What is worrying you? What is causing your anxiety? How are you feeling physically?
Put your pen to paper and release whatever you are feeling. Don’t hold anything back! Keeping track of your thoughts and feelings is a good way to analyze your anxiety as well as any progress you have made in managing your anxiety.
After journaling for a while, you can reread some of your previous entries to pinpoint what triggers your anxiety.
If you are struggling with anxiety, know that you are not alone. There are ways to manage it, and I hope you have found the previously mentioned methods as easy ways to cope with anxiety.
Do you struggle with anxiety? What are you doing to cope?
*Disclaimer: I do not have a medical background nor am I a doctor. If your anxiety is out of control, please speak with a certified medical professional.