5 Ways to Ease Your Mind When Your Anxiety is Overwhelming

Anxiety can be crippling. Most of my adult life I have dealt with stress and anxiety and have not always used the best tactics to deal with it. I have learned over the years however, that I am able to quieten the bubbling in my mind when the anxiety and stress are nearing the brim with a few simple tricks.

1. Embrace the Emotions

In the past when my stress levels were rising, I would often try to distract myself or surpress the emotions I was feeling, only to find myself more stressed and irritable. I have now learned that embracing what you are feeling and letting the emotions come is extremely cleansing and can help to provide clarity and growth.

2. Write

Whenever I am feeling particularily anxious or stressed, I get out my journal or a note pad (which I always keep on me) and write down what I am feeling. I usually compile two lists, the first being a list of things that are stressing me out and the second being a list of what I need to feel less stressed. The first list typically has the usual suspects on it – work, finances, time management etc, while the second is a little more ecclectic and may include many things I can’t control. After I have taken some time to cleanse my mind, I will revisit these lists to see what I can control, such as organizing my work space, decluttering or starting to tackle my to do list. Another list to write down is a list of gratitude. What are you thankful for? It is amazing how a little bit of gratitude can change your outlook.

3. Speak with Someone That You Trust

There is no shame in speaking with someone about how you are feeling. I used to avoid telling anyone about my feelings for fear of being judged, however anyone who judges you for your feelings is no friend of yours or mine. It is amazing how much better I feel after having a conversation with my parents, sisters or boyfriend. Talk about how you are feeling and why, and quite often you can talk your way through to a solution. Again – break the stigma around mental health. If you feel there is no one you can talk to, you can start with me

4. Deep Breathing

The breath is an extremely underated coping strategy. Relaxed, diaphragmatic breathing is calming and will help to oxygenate and revitalize the mind and body.

5. Take a Walk

Getting outside and taking in some fresh air is a great way to cleanse the mind and revitalize. Even better – make your phone call to your trusted person while you are out and about. Movement will help to restore blood flow to the brain allowing for more mental clarity.

I hope these little tricks can help to ease your mind. Keep in mind, these are my little strategies and they may not work for everyone. If you are feeling severe anxiety or depression, be sure to speak with a professional.

Danielle Boyd