5 Simple Ways to Keep Your Calm
Most people feel anxious some of the time — such as before taking a test, after losing a job, or when public speaking — and what stresses one person may not stress another. Practicing self-soothing techniques can help you manage your anxiety. These methods typically involve doing something that pleases one or more of the senses. Here are five easy examples.
- Look at a favorite piece of artwork or cherished photos, or take a walk in a picturesque setting. Close your eyes and imagine a peaceful scene. Consider other ways you may enjoy to take your mind off worry, such as coloring in a coloring book.
- Listen to a favorite song that inspires you or holds a special meaning. Sit near a fountain or a bubbling brook.
- Breathe in fresh air or fresh laundry. Step into your favorite coffee shop or bakery to absorb the smells. Consider seeking out smells that will bring back pleasant memories – the area in the brain that processes memories is located next to the area that processes scents.
- Savor a bite of gourmet dark chocolate, a sip of special tea, or a juicy piece of fresh fruit.
- Take a warm bath, wrap up in a blanket, or snuggle your pet. Hug a friend.
- Meditate. Close your eyes. Do yoga or other deep breathing exercises.
- Try these relaxation techniques to help take the edge off your worry.
WHEN TO GO TO DOCTOR: If you are worrying excessively — every day, all day, without an apparent cause, you may have generalized anxiety disorder.
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The views expressed in this article should not be considered as a substitute for a physician’s advice. Always make sure to seek a doctor or a professional’s advice before proceeding with the home treatment plan.