Anxiety is A Beast. Literally!

Dealing with anxiety

Anxiety can really be a beast and no one knows it but the sufferer themselves. However, it attacks everyone differently. What cure works for one may not work for others.

Many people with anxiety know there is no big, magical “cure.” I know there’s no cure because every symptom is different. However, there are small ways to tame that mental beast. Options aren’t available or accessible to everyone, though.

Thats why I have a little backup for when the usual tactics aren’t working or when you need extra support.

Based off experiences, I’ve curated the list below

Of course, no one product or app is a miracle worker, but sometimes we’re all just looking for a little relief. Whether you’re looking for something new to add to your anxiety toolbox, looking for your new go-to, or just curious what.

Stressbuoy app
This app can help you track your daily stressors (and your daily joys!). There is a free version and a premium one, too.

Essential oils
You should check with a health care provider to understand how to use essential oils and if the one of your choice is safe for you.

Weighted blanket
This was suggested to me a while back to me. Some research has shown that sleeping under evenly dispersed weight can help deepen sleep cycles and lower anxiety and stress levels. Blankets like these mimic the sensation of being swaddled or hugged, and use Deep Touch Pressure which is said to stimulate the production of serotonin, a neurotransmitter that helps us feel calm.

Cozy socks
Cozy socks can be used when you’re feeling anxious. Of course, everyone’s sensory preferences are different, so you may have to test out a few to find the perfect fit. Here’s one option with great reviews.

Rain sounds on YouTube
A few Mighties recommended finding a sound that soothes you – perhaps rain or ocean – and looking that up on YouTube or Spotify. There are hundreds of free options!

The Tapping Solution app
This app can guide you through a tapping meditation. It’s free to download and often has a free anxiety-releasing session.

Dark chocolate
Not going to lie, I love dark chocolate. You can likely find dark chocolate at your local grocery or convenience store. If it’s safe for you to eat chocolate and you enjoy it, you may want to try.

Calm app or Headspace app
The Calm app and the Headspace app are both designed to provide hundreds of meditation options depending on your goals (better sleep, less anxiety, more focus, etc). For both apps, there are different membership options, but free trials are available.

Stress balls
This may seem a little old-school, but hey, stress balls can be effective for anxiety! I’m not too fond of the feel of silicone ones and instead recommended these cute animal-shaped stress balls. You can shop around to find a feel you like.

Fidget rings
Obviously, they’re not just for kids! Fidget tools come in many shapes and sizes. They can be helpful for people on the autism spectrum or who have ADHD. But really anyone with anxiety, stress, or trouble focusing or managing senses may benefit. Depending on your fidgeting needs and style preferences, you can shop around for one that works best.

Of course, these are just a few options I’ve tried and other people I know have tried and used too.

What would you add? You can make a recommendation by commenting below.

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2 responses to “Anxiety is A Beast. Literally!”

  1. It sounds so trivial but a cup of hot tea! Especially when I was trying to quit smoking- taking the time to breathe, check in, notice what I was emotionally running away from and really being with myself through those moments nourishing my self and comforted with hot tea helped so much!

    1. Same with me, I love drinking black tea or green tea…hot or cold. Especially boba tea. 🙂

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