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Tips From Your Friends for Dealing with Anxiety

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Anxiety. It seems to be one of those ultimate buzz-kill words, falling in the same category as phrases like “we need to talk” and “close the door.” But even the most together among us can’t escape it. Anxiety is unavoidable.

I can’t deny that I fall into that camp. I’m very laid back, but is anyone 100 percent immune to jittery nerves? I think not. Moderate anxiety at times goes with the territory of finding our way and coming into our careers and lives. Keeping that in mind, I’ve sourced some tried and true tips from friends for getting the nerves to simmer down:

 

My tips:

A few evenings ago, I threw on my sneakers and left my apartment for an aimless saunter after working myself into a near tizzy. Along the way, I called a couple of friends, walked into shops that looked interesting, and even parked at the Washington Square fountain for people watching. Having nowhere to go, no deadlines, and no agenda allowed me to wander while also letting my thoughts wander. When I started to get tired, I turned back, making a pit stop for some tacos (comfort food!). Going for a walk or run when I’m feeling most uneasy is my sure-fire way to get back on track.

Tips From my Friend in Publishing:

For me, Sunday night is the most angst-ridden time of the week. The weekend is over, and the jaws of Monday are coming in for the bite. I’ve diagnosed it as the “Sunday Scaries.” The antidote? Treating myself to a nice dinner (What are Sundays for if not splurging?), and calling a few of my favorite people who aren’t close by — friends from college, my family. It’s a refreshing boost of love and support. Dessert doesn’t hurt either.

Tips From my Friend in Counseling:

The end of the day is when my anxiety intensifies. Working at a hospital, I always leave work with a pile of things I could be doing. Call me a counselor, but I find it essential when anxiety hits to use a little self-care. If not, I never get the break I so deserve.

Jamming out to my favorite music, dancing around my room, calling a friend, taking a long hot shower, or cooking a slow, calm dinner, I allow myself to take the necessary break. The warm shower has become somewhat of a ritual for me, as if I’m “washing” the day off of my conscious. Oh, and the jam session can happen simultaneously as needed!

Tips From my Friend in Finance:

Obviously, this is something I deal with. A few things I might consider doing when I’m feeling anxious:

  • Retail therapy. It always makes me feel better!
  • Zone out with a good book. Getting lost in literature is a good reminder to put things into perspective. I (and my anxiety!) am no longer the protagonist for a brief moment in time.
  • Focus on a goal I’m working toward to take my mind off my anxiety. For instance, I’m working on decorating my new home right now. Create a Pinterest board of design inspiration. I work in finance, so sometimes I just need to tap the other side of my brain to put myself at ease.

What are your favorites to wind down and banish the pangs of anxiety? Share with us in the comments!

Ask Levo Mentor Dustee Jenkins, VP for Public Relations at Target, how she takes time to relax and her tricks for relieving nervous feelings.

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13 Comments

Retail therapy? Are you high? This is the biggest load of shit I've ever read.

3y

I suffer from anxiety too; most of the time Its completely unnecessary and ridiculous - all in my head. Having learned over the years to be real with myself and knowing that I can't control my emotions but that I can control my reactions helps me puts things into perspective. It shows me that while I may not be able to prevent something ridden from anxiety hitting me, I do have the power to prevent getting worked up about it.

Tips on dealing: journeling, talking to my parents, Pinterest and BUZZFEED! (Instant sillys help!)

3y

Thanks for reading, everyone. Friend-sourcing for this article was fun (although anxiety isn't!).

3y

"Sunday Scaries" <- too funny! I always get the Sunday blues for that same reason. I've found that doing something productive but not stressful (like cleaning my apartment, organizing a closet, or another non-urgent task) before trying to tackle something that is causing me anxiety helps immensely. For some reason the feeling of having accomplished a simple thing that I've been putting off calms my mind and gives me that extra boost I need to deal with the larger things that make me feel overwhelmed. I managed to clean out my entire closet this year right before I sat down to do my taxes which I had been avoiding. I consider it "Productive Procrastination".

3y

A good book, going to a yoga class (or doing it at home), or even watching a hilarious movie with your best friends are the three best ways that I deal with anxiety.

3y

When feeling a little crazed, I grab my yoga mat and make it to the yoga studio for a class or put on my running shoes for a long run. They consistently seem to provide me some calm after feeling stress and anxiety.

3y

Add me to the list of people who become anxious easily/are naturally on the anxious side! I find that it's worst just before bed, like your friend said, I can't stop thinking of what I didn't do/should have do/could have done. I find having a nice, fluffy book around to pick up in those moments does wonders! Right now I'm reading David Sedaris' newest book which is perfect because it's funny and, because it's short stories, it's easy to read a bit here and a bit there.

3y

This is good for acute anxiety, but you have an anxiety disorder, you MUST change your thinking or none these tips will work.

3y

Calling my friends always helps! They are my rock...!

3y

I write marketing/business plans when I'm suffering from anxiety! A little creative thinking and photoshopping does wonders. I've also started doing Restorative yoga and let me just say - lying on bolsters, covered in blankets for an hour is quite nice.

Deep cleaning is my other outlet. A clean house and a calm mind, what could be better?

3y

I get anxious really easily, but one thing that helps me calm down is some easy reading (definitely not Les Misérables, which I've been trying to make a dent in but have failed horribly because of being anxious) and decaf tea or coffee. Also, comfort food. Definitely not good for the waistline, but the perfect cure for an anxious heart.

3y

I suffer from anxiety, a lot. It's one of the worst things in the world and I've tried many different ways to cope with it. One of the best things, I think, is to sit down in a dark room, alone, close your eyes and just breathe. It works wonders! Also, don't drink caffeine--that'll make anxiety ten times worst. All these tips in this article are simply wonderful and I will definitely begin to use!

3y

I agree about the caffeine thing. I've recently decided to give up coffee because it usually is the trigger for anxiety. As much as I love the mental jolt caffeine gives me, it's not worth the lingering suffering of an elevated heart rate, restlessness and the inability to focus.

3y
Alysa Teichman

Alysa Teichman is the Web Manager for Jack Rogers. A half French Texan, she graduated from Northwestern's Journalism school and loves digital marketing, laughing with friends, the New York food scene, and being left-handed. Say hi to her on Twitter @alysateichman!