1) ALONE TIME IS KEY.
At least I know it is for me. Since I've been little I've always needed my alone time, it's just the type of person I am. So for that reason I know that it's absolutely necessary when it comes to my anxious moments because that's when I can collect my thoughts the most affectively and finally calm down. Sometimes in a world full of life you need to get away from all its distractions and just be with yourself...there's no problem with that.
2) DON'T IGNORE WHAT YOU'RE FEELING; BE HONEST WITH YOURSELF.
To me this is really important when it comes to subsiding my anxiety best. I've seen many people avoid the issues in their life only to explode because of not correctly addressing what they were subconsciously feeling. Being honest with yourself is what you deserve. Everything you feel is normal, all your thoughts are normal; we all go through this. Instead of avoiding these things, take a step back and determine what is making you feel this way, why, and how it can be changed for the better.
3) TAKE A BREAK FROM SOCIAL MEDIA.
Gosh this is a CRUCIAL one for me (and for so many other people I've talked to). I can't tell you how many times this has helped my anxiety lessen on the days where I feel sooo anxious (for what feels like no reason). Deleting my social media apps/putting my phone to the side has helped me relax immensely, even if it's just for a couple of hours. Like so many others have said before, not everything is what it seems to be on social media. Don't overwhelm yourself with what others are doing, or what you think there lives may be like, it is addicting...but ultimately it doesn't matter! At the end of the day you are the only one you need to care for the most, don't lose sight of that especially on the days you feel most lost.
4) CONFIDE IN THOSE WHO GENIUNIELY LISTEN TO YOU.
Like I said before...I love my alone time, but I also love opening up to those who truly care about certain things/problems I may have, because there will always be those days where it just feels good to let it out. The most important thing is to only do that with people you trust will actually listen, because the worst feeling is opening up to someone who doesn't respect your words, or care to understand what you're saying; that is something that could ultimately give you even more anxiety.
5) MEDITATE: Yoga, Breathing Exercises, Essential Oils.
- Yoga; Bikram Yoga, in particular, is something I started this past winter, in which only going once, sometimes twice, every week has made a huge difference in how I feel daily. My thoughts are so much clearer, and my body is getting rid of toxins. The class is 90 minutes long, in a room that is maintained at a temp of 95-105 degrees...the heat is actually something I've now gotten used to! The purpose of the heat is to make the body warm enough to prevent injury/pulling of muscles, help heal prior injuries more efficiently, and obviously SWEAT.
- Breathing Exercises aren't hard to do, they simply revolve around the concept of taking deep, slow breathes. It can be done anywhere (work, school, public places) in order to lower the tension that's building up in your body. The feeling of anxiety mimics a heavy brick on your chest, breathing it out releases that heaviness; it only makes sense to try it during, or before, your anxious feeling happens!
- The use of Essential Oils is something I've only tried once or twice, and it did work well! The scent alone is something that just soothes you, enough to where your anxiety lessens. I've heard amazing things from those who use it more often though, and they truly believe in it on a daily basis (with deep breathing). The oils need to be diffused into the air, or absorbed into the skin; using them in a hot bath is also a great and relaxing method!