If you’re someone who struggles with anxiety, you know it can be difficult to make it through the day sometimes.
- Carry a coloring book in your purse or backpack. I almost always have a small one on me, and it’s really helpful. It feels a little weird at first to just pull out a coloring book, but if you’ve gone to an event by yourself it can be very helpful. I usually use it when I go somewhere to hear someone speak or when I’m waiting somewhere for a long time. When I get anxious, sometimes I get fidgety. This is a way to control that and channel that energy into something creative, even when I’m out. Of course, if you’re someone who would much rather doodle or knit, these are also creative activities you can do wherever you are.
- Make yourself some tea. If you’re at work this can be a small action that can help you out. It can be a small treat for yourself, and drinking something warm can be relaxing. Avoid caffeine if you’re feeling anxious, but if you prefer hot chocolate or some other sort of hot beverage, that’s fine too. Doing this will give you a reason to get up and take a break, which might be exactly what you need. It might also help if you have a favorite mug that always makes you smile. Personally, I own a few mugs that friends have given me as gifts, and I always get excited to have a reason to use one.
- Wear your favorite outfit. If you know it’s going to be a particularly difficult day, put on an outfit that makes you feel particularly confident and comfortable. Try to mainly own this type of clothing, and avoid wearing anything that makes you feel uncomfortable or unsure of yourself. Clothing can often play a big part in how we feel throughout the day.
- Give yourself a time when you can leave social events. There are days when I really have to talk myself into leaving my house and going to a party or social gathering of any kind. If you’re feeling uneasy about a certain activity, try to find someone to accompany you and at least stay nearby in case you need someone to help you feel less awkward. Whether or not that works out, set a time when you’ll be able to leave. If you make it that long and still feel like staying, that’s okay, too. Just aim for that time and go from there.
- Take note of the small achievements. When you’re fighting anxiety, it can be easy to think you’re losing every battle. Take note of even the smallest of accomplishments. If it’s been difficult to even get out of bed but you were up in time, take note. Start writing down your accomplishments in a notebook. Keep it with you so you can hold onto it for proof that you’re improving. You’ll be able to look back on it and see how far you’ve come.