It’s no secret that anxiety comes and goes as it pleases, with no care as to whether or not it’s taking over your life. In 2020, anxiety and depression have hit so many of us like a runaway train that’s lost all control. An anxious mind is not easily quieted, but there are a few things you can do to proactively stand your ground whenever anxiety attacks.
Here are 8 easy ways to quiet your anxious mind.
1. Declutter your space
Whether it’s your room, your office, or your car, a cluttered space is a cluttered mind. Be on-guard and clean up your living places BEFORE anxiety attacks. That way when the uncontrollable, and untimely symptoms of anxiety kick in, you’re already one step ahead of the curve.
2. Write stuff down
Journaling is a great way to clear your head and fight back against an anxious mind. You can write about personal experiences and your day, or if it’s a stronger defense weapon, you can write about things that make you feel peaceful. Make a list of places where anxiety can’t touch you, or zone in on one particular thing, and write out all of the detailed ways it makes you feel at peace. Put aside the to-do list, and journal your way to a fresh, clear mind.
3. Phone a friend
Regis Feldman would have been a fan of this tip. When anxiety hits and your anxious mind takes over, phone a friend and talk it out. Call someone you know and trust. It should be someone who knows your battles and understands your symptoms, but most importantly it should be someone who just knows how to listen. Most times when it comes to having an anxious mind, it’s not a matter of fixing the problem, it’s simply a matter of expressing yourself. There is no solution to anxiety, but talking about it suddenly takes some weight off your shoulders.
4. Connect with Mother Nature
It’s said time and time again, but when it comes to treating a variety of mental illnesses, you just can’t beat that vitamin D. When anxiety hits, get outside, soak up the sun, take in a breath of fresh air, and let the beauty of God’s creation overpower the anxious thoughts that plague your mind. You don’t have to go on a ten-mile bike ride or hike up a mountain to get outside. Take a step back, and have a walk around the outside of your house. It’s the little things that calm an anxious mind.