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    13 Little Things Anxiety Sufferers Should Know

    Big things help, but so can little things.

    Like a lot of people, I have anxiety. In my case, it's primarily social anxiety, with a little bit of generalised anxiety thrown in to spice things up.

    My anxiety keeps me up at night, makes me question EVERYTHING, affects how I interact with people, and is generally a complete *insert terrible swearword*.

    Over the years, I've developed a few small strategies and tricks to help me manage and even lessen my anxiety. In the interest of maybe helping fellow anxious people, I've put my best ones in a list below.

    1. Find a time each day to completely switch off all your devices.

    2. Bookmark videos and clips that soothe you.

    View this video on YouTube

    For some reason I find watching YouTube clips from my favourite Disney films impossibly soothing. Also Disney song mashups. And also the above Disney video mashup. Basically all the Disney. I have my favourites saved, and when I feel myself getting anxious, I can immediately put one on, and it usually helps me feel a bit calmer.

    I have no idea why this is, but I'm not alone! My friend and colleague Rachael recently wrote this fantastic essay about how watching cooking shows helps her to calm her anxieties. IT'S A THING, PEOPLE.

    3. Exercise.

    4. Find a smell that relaxes you.

    5. Embrace herbal tea.

    6. Listen.

    7. Change your scenery.

    8. Communicate.

    9. Challenge negative thoughts.

    10. Find a way to occupy your hands.

    11. Spend time with animals.

    12. Embrace your anxiety.

    13. Don't let anyone who isn't your therapist tell you how you *should* be dealing with your anxiety.

    For 36 more simple little ideas to help quiet your anxiety, click here!