Anxiety can be overwhelming and debilitating, but there are many creative ways to minimize its impact and help you manage it better. However, it helps if you look at anxiety as something that you are battling with temporarily and not part of who you are. Picture the anxiety as a cape that feels like it is weighing you down and making you feel uncomfortable. The thing with a cape is that you can take it off. It’s temporary; it’s under your control; it doesn’t own you or control you. YOU are the one that manages the anxiety, not the other way around.
Having said that, here are five more ways to help you reduce anxiety:
Art therapy: Art therapy involves using art as a means of self-expression and can help you manage anxiety by giving you an outlet to express your thoughts and emotions. Whether it’s drawing, painting, or sculpting, art therapy can be a fun and relaxing way to reduce anxiety. Just let your thoughts flow and don’t be self critical.
Journaling: Writing down your thoughts and feelings in a journal can help you understand your anxiety and provide an outlet to express yourself. It can also help you identify patterns and triggers for your anxiety. Sometimes when I don’t know where to start, I will just write myself a question and then answer it.
Exercise: Exercise has been shown to be an effective way to reduce anxiety by releasing endorphins, the body’s feel-good hormones. Even light exercise, such as walking or yoga, can help you feel more relaxed and reduce anxiety. This one works best for me.
Mindfulness and meditation: Mindfulness and meditation can help you focus your mind and calm your thoughts, which can reduce anxiety. There are many apps and resources available that can help you learn mindfulness and meditation techniques, and you can practice them wherever and whenever you need to. I try to meditate every day for about 30 minutes.
Aromatherapy: Aromatherapy involves using essential oils to promote relaxation and reduce anxiety. Whether it’s using a scented candle or diffusing essential oils in your home, aromatherapy can provide a calming and relaxing environment that can help you manage anxiety.
Anxiety can be a difficult and challenging experience, but there are many creative ways to manage it. Whether it’s through art therapy, journaling, exercise, mindfulness and meditation, or aromatherapy, there are many ways to help you reduce anxiety and feel more relaxed. Experiment with different methods and find what works best for you to help minimize your anxiety.
Action step for today: Imagine yourself actually removing the cape of anxiety that feels heavy to you and set it aside. Then choose a lighter covering…thoughts about something that calms you down.