Are you struggling with anxiety or suffering with a low mood? One of our amazing ambassador, Lauren has pulled together her top tips to overcome anxiety.
Recently, many people’s anxiety has been a bit all over the place with university starting, changes in COVID rules and moving away from home. I thought I would share some of my favourite anxiety-busting activities for those days when it really feels overwhelming. Hopefully there’ll be something new for you to try.
Basically, all you need is a simple colouring book which can be purchased from many stationery stores and then begin slowly working your way through. I recommend getting one that is more for adults and of something that means something to you. For example, getting one of places you have happy memories of; the act of colouring the city in is both therapeutic and nostalgic, which has such a calming effect on me.
COMFORT FILMS OR TV SHOWS
There are many films that we were all obsessed with when we were younger for one reason or another. Have a look to see if there are any new series based on inspired by these favourite movies, or even re-watch the childhood cartons [no judgement here!]. It will help to bring the mind back to simpler timers and ground your anxiety. For the ultimate double-whammy, anxiety-busting effect, you can colour in while watching this series. It’s not for everyone, but I love it because I feel like a child again without a care in the world.
A WALK AND PODCAST
A walk and a podcast really are sacred to me. It’s not ground-breaking, but the fresh air and nature combined with the voices of my favourite podcasters really helps to soothe me. Plus, depending on the podcast I’m listening to, it can give me perspective on my own anxiety and further help to ease it.
SWEATING IT OUT
Sometimes, a walk might not be enough, and a run or bike session can be just the thing to bust your anxiety. You have to be really in tune with your body when you’re running or cycling, even more so than when walking (in my opinion), and coupled with the repetitive act of placing one foot in front of the other or pedalling your legs, it can really help keep the anxiety at bay. The endorphins released after a good sweat also give you an amazing high that can sometimes give you that little boost you need to get out of your rut.
JOURNALING – WITH PROMPTS
When I’m feeling particularly anxious, journaling with prompts can be a lifesaver. I used to just use the stream of consciousness journaling method, but when the anxiety levels are high, my mind is too jumbled to do that. Which is where prompts come into place. They basically help to structure/ direct your thoughts and writing process, leading to self-discovery and an exploration of where the anxiety is coming from. If you just search up “journal prompts for anxiety” on Google, you’ll be spoiled for choice.
And finally, talking. The age-old cliché, right? Often, I prefer to deal with my anxiety by myself, but occasionally talking to a close friend is exactly what I need to get out of my head. Then, when you’re alone again, it can feel that bit more manageable and allow you to get through the episode. You don’t even have to talk specifically about your anxiety for it to benefit you. Just a catch-up and a good old laugh can be the best therapy.