Finding What Works For You
Life can be stressful. Really stressful sometimes. Below is a list of techniques I find helpful for those "I need zen right now" situations and for long term management. There is no "one size fits all" deal, but the best thing to do is to continue to try, combine techniques to find something that works for you, and/or to talk to a professional.
Write It Out
Play With Putty
When I was really young, I would hold onto and then tear apart a tissue when I got anxious. My parents tried to give me different things, like giving me a piece of fabric to hold, but I would always resort back to the unused tissue. When I got older, I started picking at my cuticles and twirling my hair constantly. After years of trying to kick these habits, I finally realized that putty really helped. I like that it is quiet enough to have out during work or class and not be a huge distraction. I also found that because you can break, stretch, and squish the putty it helped calm me in various situations, whether I was anxious, angry, or sad.
Create A Playlist
I love making playlists for different reasons and occasions. One of my favorite playlists to listen to when I'm feeling stressed out has a bunch of my favorite calmer indie/alternative songs on it. There's just something about early 2000s Coldplay and a few particular songs by Into It. Over It that relaxes me.