Millions of Americans experience anxiety, whether it’s triggered by stressful situations, like public speaking or test-taking, or just the byproduct of a fast-paced world and the stress of daily living. If you’re pursuing coping strategies to help minimize the discomfort your day-to-day symptoms bring on, trying a variety of approaches is the best way to expose yourself to finding the best methods for your life.
Swings and hammocks are a common and effective therapy tool for anyone dealing with ADHD or anxiety, so grab one for home use and have that reassuring cocoon feeling available anytime. Curl up with a good book and enjoy this sturdy hammock on a steel frame indoors or out.
Scents have powerful links to emotions, and aromatherapy is an easy way to tap into some of those subconscious associations and use them to our advantage. Adding a few drops of your favorite oil to a hot shower, the laundry cycle, or a travel diffuser can help infuse calming memories and feelings into hectic days.
Not only do they noticeably contribute to air purification, but having indoor greenery is a proven mood booster, so spread some low-maintenance plants around your home and office to create a more productive and restful environment.
Bad weather or a windowless office can exacerbate negative feelings of anxiety and depression, but injecting a little summer sun, even in the dead of winter, can work to counteract this. Seasonal Affective Disorder doesn’t just strike Midwesterners in the dead of winter, and pepping up with a little vitamin D can be quick and easy no matter where you live.
L-Theanine, an amino acid commonly found in teas, and a swath of B Vitamins plus Ashwaganda combine to help you achieve an alert mind while staying relaxed and de-stressed. A pleasant alternative to caffeinated drinks that may make you feel jittery and uncomfortable.
Weighted blankets for sleeping are all the rage, but they aren’t exactly portable. If you ever wished you could wear a weighted blanket on your morning commute, while you’re getting ready for work, or even just on a walk around the block, therapy vests offer the same reassuring compression and pressure point stimulation in a travel friendly package. As with weighted blankets, usage limits and weight maximums should always be considered, so talk to an occupational therapist to be sure you’re getting the right product for your needs.
Getting enough sleep is one of the most effective ways to battle anxiety, but drifting off to sleep at night can mean tossing and turning, with intrusive thoughts keeping you up. Using a white noise machine helps give your brain a quiet hum to listen to, a soothing sound that masks street noise and muffles loud neighbors.
Start your day with a strong body and mind. A combination of stretches and deep breathing, just a few minutes of yoga every day can help keep muscles loose — and be honest, you’re probably hunching your shoulders right now, aren’t you?
An alternative to the usual after dinner fare of TV or social media, neither of which is exactly relaxing, coloring is a mood-boosting way to relax and wind down after a long day. Coloring books are also extremely portable, making them a great mid-day distraction to keep in a desk drawer.
Rituals help manage anxiety, and taking a few minutes to rest, relax, and value your time and your body pays major dividends to your mindset. A skin boosting mask or bubble bath after a long day can keep stress from wreaking havoc on your skin, and give you a few minutes every day with no responsibilities.
Chamomile and lavender are well-known homeopathic sleep aids, and they can help inspire feelings of restfulness and calm — perfect for easing your way into natural, restful sleep. Pair with a beautiful tea pot for home use to inspire some beautiful rituals in your daily life.
Eliminate one worry from your life entirely with grocery delivery services or a meal plan subscription. You’ll get healthy ingredients at budget-friendly prices, and you won’t waste any time stressing about the age-old “what’s for dinner?” question.
There are plenty of anxieties that can’t be addressed; worries that can bubble up with no prompting and no way to dismiss them. Some anxieties are practical though, relating to tangible fears, and some steps can be taken to manage those fears. Anyone who works nights, walks home, or otherwise has a sketchy commute can take comfort from a personal alarm or other self defense items.
Many people pick up smoking to help them relax and fight anxiety, but once tolerance sets in and you’re smoking more it can actually hit stimulant levels, meaning you’re raising your heart rate and decreasing available oxygen, a double whammy anxiety trigger. Quitting can improve your mood, your health, and your bank account, all of which will further decrease your anxieties.