1. Watch Susan Cain's empowering TED Talk regarding the ~quiet revolution~ and the power of introverts.
2. Carve out a little time to jot down positive thoughts in a journal that celebrates you and your awesomeness.
3. Keep an insanely squishy Doctor Who Adipose toy in your workspace for instant, pliable stress relief.
"I shall call him Squishy and he shall be mine and he shall be my Squishy." —Dory, but also you
Get it from Think Geek for $24.99.
5. Make a "done" instead of "to-do" list so you can be proud of what you've already accomplished rather than agonizing over the stuff that's still ahead.
6. Do some work on this simplistic coloring book with positive mantras that will sink in and take hold as you color.
7. Or, if you're a little over coloring books, try painting a pillow cover instead.
It'll actually have a purpose once it's done. Imagine that.
Comes with 12 paint tubes, a palette, and two brushes. Get it from Amazon for $29.95.
8. Embrace the practice of daily meditation, which is super easy to do with the Headspace app.
9. Pull out a handy desktop punching bag so you can release some pent-up anger without actually injuring anyone.
10. Unload your negative thoughts on these inventive thought bubbles and watch them literally dissolve into nothing.
11. Need a quicker fix? Type your worries into The Thoughts Room and watch them fall off in real-time and completely vanish once you press enter.
12. Compliment a stranger, acquaintance, or even a close friend, depending on your level of comfort.
13. Treat yourself to a pamper day, whether it's a quick manicure, 60-minute facial, or an all-day spa affair.
14. Rather than scrolling through social media or an endless stream of news headlines, subscribe to an easily digestible, inspiring, and uplifting newsletter.
15. Wear a candid bracelet as an answer to any shadows of self-doubt that creep up on you.
16. Jazz up your morning cup of coffee with a cheesy stencil, because a little self-affirmation never hurt anyone, ok??
17. Pack a healthy lunch for yourself that'll keep you energized through the afternoon work slump.
18. Volunteer at an animal shelter and share some love and time with a bundle of cute critters.
Everyone experiences anxiety differently, but whether you deal with a full-blown anxiety disorder or are just feeling really overwhelmed right now, I hope the above tips/products might make life feel at least a little more manageable.
And if your anxiety is getting in the way of your life, don't think you have to manage it on your own. Find out more about treatment options here.