Everyone gets anxiety attacks whether you will admit it or not. Seven little things that help me find my inner peace are ones I feel everyone should be aware of.
1. Try the "5, 4, 3, 2, 1" grounding exercise.
Answer these five questions out loud for sensory awareness:
What are five things you can see?
What are four things you can feel?
What are three things you can hear?
What are two things you can smell?
What is one thing you love about yourself?
2. Try out this breathing .GIF.Breathe In Help GIF - Find & Share on GIPHY Giphy
3. Listen to a song that reduces your anxiety.
4. Use some lavender oil.
Rub it on your temples.
Put some on your wrists.
5. Tense up your muscles (and then relax).
This may sound counter-intuitive, but just give it a try:
Start tensing at your toes and move up through your body — legs, abdomen, arms, neck, and jaw. Hold it for four counts. Then, relax your muscles. Feel the tension melt out of you.
6. Download an app on your phone.
There are my top apps for helping with anxiety (and they are FREE):
"Recolor" (a coloring book app).
"Wordscapes" (like a crossword puzzle).
"PicrossLUNA" (kind of a play-off of sudoku).
"Words With Friends 2" (just like Scrabble).
7. Reach into your freezer and grab an ice cube.
Just one of many distraction methods.
Reach into the freezer and grab an ice cube or an ice pack.
Hold it firmly in your hand.
Place it on your toes.
The idea is to distract your mind from anything else.