Until I joined the mental health blogging community, I had no idea that there were so many people suffering from anxiety. Indeed it was both disheartening and relieving. I felt a little less alone and a little less fractured. In the last few years of my life, anxiety has played a bigger role than I would care to admit. But it’s thanks to these days that I’ve found a few handy was to bring myself back to a place of comfort and relaxation. I want to share these with you today in the hopes that they help you or someone you know the next time anxiety comes’a knocking.
5 Ways To combat an Anxiety Attack
＊Fresh air – never underestimate the power of fresh air. If you can actively go outside, open a window or go stand in some sunlight. Remind yourself that the world is still turning and that you are still a part of it. Think of the beauty in nature even when everything else feels like it’s crumbling away.
＊Classical music– This one works wonders for me. I put my earphones in and blast the music as loud as I can. My go to’s are Spring by Vivaldi, or Bach’s Cello Suite No. 1. I let the world disappear behind deep rhythms and soul lifting music. To me, nothing is more moving than classical music. If you can listen to it outside while you get fresh air, the results will be double. I should just mention that I tend to avoid lyrical music when experiencing a panic attack, as I want to feel the music and let my thoughts drift away from me.
＊Laying flat on the floor – For some reason or other, the moment my back hits the floor everything feels a little bit more bearable. The unmovable floor beneath me comforts my trembling body and I can feel every breath travel through my body.
＊Pressing onto my eyes – This one is a trick I picked up thanks to my heart condition. Whenever you feel like your heart is racing, close your eyes and gently press two fingers into them You can hold them like this, or move your fingers in slow circles. Used as a means to slow your heart rate down, this is a good little trick you can do anywhere at anytime.
＊Do something that makes you happy – Sometimes the only way to come out of a state of panic is to surround yourself with things and people you love. Maybe that’s making a cup of tea and watching Netflix, or taking a nap all tucked up safe in bed. Maybe you like to do crafts when you’re anxious or light candles. Do what you need to do to feel better and don’t worry about anything else.
I hope that this blog post helps you or anyone you know with dealing with anxiety. Let me know in the comment section down below how you handle anxiety. Thank you for reading!!