Thoughts: 10 ways to calm your anxiety & panic attacks
What can I say. Panic attacks & anxiety suck.
They sneak upon you from nowhere and make your life miserable. However, there are ways to fight back. I don't really know many people who don't suffer from panic attacks or some kind of anxiety once in a while. So I'm guessing most of us are on that same 'unstable' boat.
It seems that the society is feeling more & more comfortable with opening up about different experiences relating to anxiety - which is great! This way, we're all very likely to find the right cure.
Below is a list of things that make life a million times easier... at least for me The obvious thing to do is to use the 5 senses as your guide. Sight, Sound, Touch, Taste and Smell
Famous Youtuber Zoella talks about 'How to deal with Anxiety too
Famous Viner Brittany Furlan is very open about her panic attacks on Snapchat
Sinead O'Connor: Do We Live In A Mentally Ill System? The Trews - Russell Brand
1. You've got to get a Calming App
My 2 favourites are:
- The 7 Days of Calm - learn the basics of mindfulness meditation in our free introductory program
- 7 guided meditation sessions from 2 to 30 minutes - for whenever you need a break from your day
- 10 beautiful, immersive nature scenes - choose the perfect background sounds and scene to help you relax
- 50 premium guided meditations for focus, creativity, energy, confidence, sleep and much more
- The 21 Days of Calm - deepen your meditation practice with our paid program available only to subscribers
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2. ASMR Videos on Youtube
I'm really curious about this one. I know this might sound & look weird, but these videos have really helped me. When I first saw them, I was like 'what on earth is this....' but then I got hooked and I think a lot of people are too. There are tons of people doing ASMR videos, but I've been watching Heather Feather from the beginning and got comfortable with her voice.
Read more about it below
3. Get a pet
are responsible enough
have some spare cash other than for your own survival
don't travel a lot
don't spend all day at work - unless you can take your pet to work
then get an animal. A cat, dog, rabbit... whatever rocks your boat. Obviously making sure that the animal will be very happy with you.
A cuddle with a dog makes such a huge difference in my day
4. This has been said a million times but get your body moving and stretch it out. I'm a huge believer of this working better than medication, so at least try it out. Choose something that fits your personality, whether it's dance classes, or just dancing in your room, going for a walk in the morning, or giving yoga a try.
Here are my 2 favourite apps & 1 website:
5. I'd say - have a great / healthy meal with a glass of wine (or whatever your calming poison is) after you're done with work.
There are 2 things I look forward to every day. This is definitely the first one, and the other is a cappuccino in the morning
6. Make your space (home & work) cozy & surround yourself with things that make you comfortable.
The correct lighting and a nice smell in my home are 2 very important elements towards a relaxed environment. I have xmas lights on during the entire year, a nice smelling candle is lit as soon as I get home, and my music lists are always playing in the background. That's my kind of cozy...
7. Find your passion and turn it into a hobby (or a career). Doing something you love every day is an instant cure, especially when shared with others. Some of you may think that you don't know what you're passionate about, but you do. It's whatever you spend most of your (spare) time doing, talking or thinking about.
like me eating :)
8. Smoking & getting drunk makes it worse. It really does. Just don't do it, if you suffer with anxiety.
9. Try to be around people who calm you down and who make you laugh.
10. And in general... give yourself something to look forward to each week. Write it down on Sunday, so you actually look forward to the start of the week.
Get yourself a notebook / diary... writing things down makes me feel organised, which then calms me down. Give it a go!
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