Anxiety can come in many different forms.
For example, you may be dealing with social anxiety or experiencing postnatal anxiety after having a child. However, this can sometimes mean it’s difficult to find a way to effectively manage or reduce your anxiety despite the plethora of advice available to you.
Despite this, it is possible to manage anxiety, even if your brain is currently telling you otherwise.
Here are four unusual ways to get started!
Step out of your comfort zone.
When we’re feeling overly anxious or stressed, doing something outside of our comfort zone is often the last thing we’d like to do. After all, sometimes, our anxiety is caused by not knowing what the outcome of a scenario will be, and when we’re doing something new, it can be hard to know exactly what the result will be.
However, stepping out of your comfort zone can help trivialise your worries by showing you that you had nothing to worry about in the first place. As such, it can be a great way to encourage you to think a little more relationally moving forward while also reminding you that you can do anything you set your mind to.
Try alternative remedies.
No two people will experience anxiety in the same way, which means that you need to find a solution that deals with your specific symptoms. For example, if your anxiety often keeps you up at night, you may want to try alternative remedies, such as CBG products, which are known to have a calming and sleep-inducing effect. This could include trying products such as a CBG tincture.
If you’ve never tried this kind of product before, the idea may seem a little daunting, but they have a long-documented history of being used within the wellness world to combat anxiety, stress and more.
Ice, Ice Baby.
When anxiety takes hold, it can be hard to focus on anything else, which can sometimes lead to panic or anxiety attacks. In these scenarios, it’s crucial that you’re able to ground yourself in the world around you. For example, many psychologists encourage clients to respond to panic attacks using the five-to-one method. This requires you to list
- Five things you can see
- Four things you can touch
- Three things you can hear
- Two things you can smell
- One thing you can taste
However, this task can seem impossible when you are overwhelmed or in the middle of an anxiety attack. Fortunately, there are many alternative solutions you can try, such as holding onto an ice cube. While this may sound a little odd, studies have found that “the ice techniques work to help jolt your system out of the fight or flight response.” As a result, it can help you to recover from your panic attack much quicker.
Being able to distract yourself from anxious thoughts can also come in handy when you are struggling, as it means you’re turning your attention away from anxiety and toward something more positive. Over time, you will begin to engage in this practice automatically, meaning you can stop anxious thoughts in their tracks.
Once again, there are many different ways in which you can “distract” yourself from anxiety. For example, you could watch a movie, read a book, or even dance around your living room. Some studies have even found that singing outloud can help to reduce anxiety, which could mean that you’re long overdue for a home karaoke session!
While the above strategies may be the exact solution you are looking for when it comes to managing anxiety in your daily life, it’s also important that you are willing to seek out additional help when you need it.
Working with a therapist or a psychologist can seem scary, especially if you’re the kind of person who likes to say you’re fine when you’re really not. However, their help and support can help you to get back on the right track again, whether they’re simply listening as you explain how you are feeling or giving you some tips and tricks for managing stress and anxiety.
Either way, opening up about how we are feeling can make a real difference, so don’t be afraid to reach out – if not to a therapist, then to a friend or family member.
It’s also important to remember that while things may be tough right now, they will get better. Brighter days are coming, and you will soon feel the sun on your face again.