What to do when anxiety gets you down

A few ways to get you back up

If you’re anything like me, anxiety can kick in at the drop of a hat. Maybe it’s a big event or party you’re about to go to, or maybe it’s a Wednesday at 2:30 p.m. and it starts knocking at the door. Over the years, I’ve learned a few tips and tricks to help regulate my anxiety, but do not let that fool you. I still have plenty of days where it gets the best of me. Next time it gets you, try one of these.

When you’re at home:

  • If I have the time, my first option is to always take a nap. My anxiety wears me out and can put my butt to bed for hours. I usually wake up a little groggy, but once I force myself to get movin’, I usually feel so much more refreshed.
  • Granted, most of us don’t have that luxury very often. When I only have 15-30 minutes to spare, I meditate. I know this word means a lot of different things to a lot of different people, but to me, it means opening Spotify and putting on Deapak Chopra. He leads quick and easy meditations that will leave you feeling a little more in control of your body.
  • Drink tea. Honestly, there is very little a hot or cold cup of tea could not fix. Personally, a green tea fanatic, but chamomile is great if you really just need something natural to calm you.

When you’re on the move:

  • Listen to music. Nothing like a good song or your favorite chill playlist to calm you down. For me, it’s my “Tay” playlist. Created back during my Sophomore year when I was at Sonoma State University, my “Tay” playlist (now archived) really knows how to calm me down, and for that I am extremely proud of it.
  • Don’t have headphones to listen to music? Pick up your phone and make a call. I usually call my mom or my boyfriend. Two people who are familiar with how I feel during high times of anxiety and know that during these times, I just need to talk about anything to get my mind off of how I’m feeling.

I know anxiety can be a lot and it’s different for everyone, but don’t let it get you down if you can. Have you found other things over the years that help you handle anxiety at home and on the go? Comment below to help others out!

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