These days, it feels like there's always something to worry or get anxious about. To deal with MY anxiety, I've come up with a toolkit of habits — both general and specific — I practice on a daily basis to remind myself I'm safe and in control of my life.
Your experience with any of these tips might not be the same. But here are the things I've landed on after a few years of trying many others. (You can read about my month of trying anti-anxiety habits here.)
1. I exercise almost every morning.
2. ...and generally make myself a morning person.
3. Journaling is my favorite way of processing worries, subconscious thoughts, and memories.
Now here are the more specific things I do to help me live with my anxious brain:
4. I only look at social media on my laptop.
5. I invest in items like ear plugs, white noise machines, and eye masks to ensure quality sleep.
6. I put my phone on "Do Not Disturb" at work.
7. I keep photographic evidence of my door and my oven's knobs when I leave for vacation — because OCD!
8. I have the same thing for breakfast every day.
10. Whenever I feel my social anxiety flaring up, I imagine myself as my best friend.
What little things do you do to keep your anxiety under control? Comment your favorite tip below!
And by the way, you can learn more about anxiety disorders here.
And if you need to talk to someone immediately, the US National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is 1-800-273-8255. A list of international suicide hotlines can be found here.