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How do you choose to remain calm in times of anxiety?

  1. Ruchira profile image77
    Ruchiraposted 7 years ago

    How do you choose to remain calm in times of anxiety?

  2. Donna Suthard profile image73
    Donna Suthardposted 7 years ago

    When I get anxious, I sit down and try to search out my thoughts as to what may have upset me during the day. I cancel out the negative thoughts that I may have had I quickly forgive myself or another for whatever judgmental thought I may have had. I then meditate or listen to inspiring meditative music or I sing.or I write.
    Taking a nice relaxing bath always helps..I seek out quiet places like beaches or woods. I love to dance, so I can always dance irish jigs, or play my drums!

  3. LeisureLife profile image73
    LeisureLifeposted 7 years ago

    Roll up a paper plane and take off from the runway. wink

  4. C.V.Rajan profile image80
    C.V.Rajanposted 7 years ago

    Hmmmmm. I think I should think of Japanese.

  5. MAGICFIVE profile image78
    MAGICFIVEposted 7 years ago

    Believe it or not, chewing gum helps anxiety!  Also, if I'm really anxious, I need to stay busy.  I have to DO something...I can't just sit and "try to relax" by watching TV or reading.  That just makes it worse!  It's like, when your body is anxious, it wants to "do something about it."

  6. Silver925 profile image60
    Silver925posted 7 years ago

    A good dose (30 minutes or more) of intense cardio exercise has been shown to increase serotonin (aka the 'feel good' chemical) levels in the brain. It certainly works for me!

  7. profile image47
    Beautygeekposted 7 years ago

    Relax. Meditate on positive things. Breathe deeply. Remind myself that being anxious does not solve anything, but only leads to more problems. Prayer also helps. Talking to a friend about the issue.  All of these things can  stress and anxiety.

  8. Susan Starts Now profile image59
    Susan Starts Nowposted 7 years ago

    If I am stuck somewhere doodling can really help me feel less anxious. I have been known to compose works of doodle art during a boring meeting. As long as you have something to write with and a scrap of paper you're set. You don't have to be artistic either.  Sometimes I write words too, especially if I am upset and don't want to say the wrong thing. You can write your words in shapes and all different directions which becomes art too.

  9. queenpoetica profile image60
    queenpoeticaposted 7 years ago

    It depends on what is causing my anxiety.  I'm not a particularly anxious person, but now and again overload causes me anxiety - so I do one of two things. 

    1. I mind map, creatively with doodles.  I look through my mind map, see what I can change or do something about.  Anything that is out of my control gets crossed off the list.

    2. I do something creative, write a poem, cross stitch, draw, make jewellery.  Creating is good for anxiety - it is my kind of therapy.

  10. playyahtzee profile image56
    playyahtzeeposted 7 years ago

    I clear my thoughts, not thinking of anything for a while and breath deeply. Like I'm concentrating of having a peace of mind. It works for me. smile

  11. Cici2hip4u profile image60
    Cici2hip4uposted 7 years ago

    Coping can take some time and thought. When you are in the feeling of high anxiety, the best thing you can do is meditate, or inhale in and exhale out, like when you are about to play an instrument in the band in which you have to inhale right when you begin playing the written notes.

  12. ankandhk profile image82
    ankandhkposted 7 years ago

    I imagine about my parents, how they work hard to nourish me and my God who make me live happy!

  13. Rastamermaid profile image73
    Rastamermaidposted 7 years ago

    I go into myself,and have a rational conversation,telling myself of all I've overcome to get me this far.

    Reminding myself that I handled every obstacle that been placed infront of me so far,this will be no different.

    Then I press on!

  14. osiemo profile image57
    osiemoposted 7 years ago

    decelerate all that you are doing even if only mentally take deep shallow breaths and try and zone out everything that is happening around you except for on thing or sound listen to it until you feel calm and go back to what you were doing earlier

  15. Hyphenbird profile image92
    Hyphenbirdposted 7 years ago

    I think about Phillipians 4:13-" I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me."

  16. medor profile image63
    medorposted 7 years ago

    I first breathe... three deep breaths slowly in, then out.  I then make sure I am hydrated, usually drink a whole glass of water.  Then I relax, starting with my feet, I identify and focus on each part of my body and tell my self, relax your feet... and so on.  This helps to relieve my bodies reaction to the anxiety and momentarily takes my mind off it.  Then I go to my happy memory place in my mind, if the anxiety is still overwhelming.  Right now my happy memory is of renting a boat and fishing on Yellowstone Lake... I go through the adventure step by step including the fish I caught and remember the joy.
    If I am still anxious, If I can, I change my physical surroundings.

  17. fdoleac profile image58
    fdoleacposted 7 years ago

    I focus on tasks and activities that I can control that meet my goals.  On a daily basis, I have a sense of accomplishment as complete the process.

  18. The Quiz Master profile image75
    The Quiz Masterposted 7 years ago

    I play a game or watch an entertaining movie.
    If the weather is nice I go for a good long walk.

  19. Wayne Adam profile image78
    Wayne Adamposted 7 years ago

    In times of anxiety I clear my thoughts, take a walk in nature and play with my dogs. Animals have a very calming effect and are fun.

  20. joshhunt83 profile image60
    joshhunt83posted 7 years ago

    I take a moment to get a better perspective.

  21. Flightty profile image53
    Flighttyposted 7 years ago

    Sometime you have take deep breaths and remind your self everything is going to be fine. I know its sound easier said than done but trust yourself you can take control of the situation.

  22. bloggering profile image70
    bloggeringposted 7 years ago

    I just remember "this too shall pass".  It's a cheesy quote, but it works for me.

  23. Tina Kachan profile image62
    Tina Kachanposted 7 years ago

    I say to myself : Serenity NOW!!! Works everytime smile

  24. sharing the sky profile image67
    sharing the skyposted 6 years ago

    I think "choose" is the key word here and I'm glad you included it in the question. For so long I "chose" ineffective and unhealthy ways of coping with anxiety and I learned the hard way, so to speak.

    These days I choose to first take a step back when I know I'm anxious. And once I'm aware that I'm in a stressful situation, I may close my eyes, take some deep breaths and coach myself through it.

    I often verbally guide myself along in my head reciting things that I have found work for me to get over some of the emotions. Then at some point I think about the things I CAN do and work towards that. I have found that worrying does very little but that it is important to acknowledge any and all your feelings about a situation to respect yourself.

  25. sweetescape profile image55
    sweetescapeposted 6 years ago

    Breath. Think of what really made you anxious, and if possible, let go. Then listen to some music, watch a tv or a series that can make you laugh. Make yourself busy.

  26. bolive profile image55
    boliveposted 6 years ago

    by doing diversional activities like playing instruments or going out to shop.

  27. jelliott115 profile image62
    jelliott115posted 6 years ago


    I just wrote an article on this actually. Hope you find it helpful.

  28. windndown profile image58
    windndownposted 6 years ago

    I take 3-5 long slow deep breaths. Some times anxiety is caused from a medical condition so its best to have a good blood work up. My teen started having bad stress anxiety issues, was at urgent care 3 times in one month with bad neck pain and head aches from stress. I made an appointment for a full check up and come to find out she is LOW ON VITAMIN D and doing research, yeah being low on D can cause anxiety.. She also has 3 thyroid nodules, her levels are within normal range but good to know she may be low on getting her daily iodine, urge her to eat more food with iodine too.. I say get checked out too!!! GOOD LUCK!

  29. Kamalesh050 profile image81
    Kamalesh050posted 6 years ago

    I take deep breath, go out for a little walk or engage myself in doing something I like.  I say to myself that I am not alone, God is there with me and He will guide me all the way.

  30. yiasa profile image60
    yiasaposted 6 years ago

    Well that is if you think it like this way, Everything including your thinking is relative. Even in the dark you can be happy if you are with your friends or family. But when you are alone then you become scared, both of the occasions were held in the dark. Isn't IT>\?