What I Do When I’m Anxious

Growing up, I’ve struggled with what to do when I have a lingering feeling of anxiety. Not full-fledged, near-panic attack anxiety, but when the little voice in the back of my head starts to nag at me. One of my family friends, Sammy, is one year away from getting her Ph.D. in clinical psychology, and she has helped me so much with improving my mental health. She has given me so many tips on how to deal with anxiety that helped me get through junior year. Here are the things that I’ve found help me most when I start to notice my anxiety flaring up.

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  1. Go on a walk/bike ride
  2. Listen to calming music
  3. Drink tea
  4. Read for fun (I’m really into Harry Potter right now!)
  5. Organize my room
  6. Cook/bake
  7. Talk with my friends and family
  8. Have a spa day (face masks are my favorite)
  9. Drive
  10. Have a dance party
  11. Slow breathing (4 seconds in, 6 seconds out)
  12. Paint my nails
  13. Have a photoshoot by myself
  14. Journal
  15. Write a letter
  16. Blog!
  17. Arts and crafts (paper flowers are my current favorite – instructions on Hey Let’s Make Stuff)
  18. Look up quotes on Pinterest
  19. Take a nap
  20. Practice Spanish on Duolingo


What do you do to make yourself feel better?

Sara ❤

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