Dealing with anxiety can really kick you in the butt, and it’s the absolute worst when it starts to act up in public. I’ve actually been pretty good at taking control of my anxiety and it’s been several months since I’ve had an actual anxiety attack. I generally get anxious in stressful situations, which typically happen when I’m not alone. Here are some methods I’ve used to calm myself down while out in public, which might also be helpful to you even if you’re alone.
Just a little disclaimer: I’m not a doctor or expert in any of this. I’m simply sharing my own experiences and how I’ve overcome my own anxious feelings. I hope you find these tips helpful!
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1. Take deep breaths
Take slow, deep breaths and focus solely on your breathing. Breathe in through your nose and out through your mouth. The meditation app Headspace is a great tool for helping you do this, but you can do it on your own as well.
2. Keep swallowing
If you can feel the pressure building up in your chest, keep swallowing it down. Taking deep breaths and swallowing can help to keep you from hyperventilating.
3. Listen to relaxing music
No screamo or intense EDM. Find a relaxing song that you like and listen to it. It will help keep you distracted away from the thoughts that are making you feel anxious.
4. Write it out
Write out all your feelings in a text message to someone you trust or even into a note on your phone. Releasing it all really helps relieve the stress from your mind.
5. Avoid interaction with other people until it passes
I find that talking to people when I’m feeling anxious actually intensifies the feeling. Go to the bathroom, sit in a corner, or go anywhere where you can have a few minutes of alone time until the anxiety goes away.
Having anxiety attacks is a completely normal thing. It’s nothing to be embarrassed about, and it’s something that will pass. I know it’s hard to curb the negative thoughts, but putting forth the effort will honestly help so much. Just the other day I was on the verge of an anxiety attack while on the subway, but doing all of these things helped to calm me down. When I got home, all the negative thoughts that had been racing through my mind seemed completely ridiculous.
I hope you found some of these tips helpful. Feel free to share any of your own tips in the comments!
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